Opal Sweet Pea Mix

My favourite pale sweet peas, in beautiful delicate colours. This collection includes three old-fashioned, highly scented varieties. More
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My favourite pale sweet peas, in beautiful delicate colours.

The seed packet contains a mix of all three old-fashioned, highly scented varieties whilst the seedling collection includes 4 or 8 seedlings each of:

These three have been trialled repeatedly by us and are outstanding in terms of ease of growth, productivity and perfume. They make excellent garden border plants, as well as cut flowers. Not to be missed.

We sow our highly-scented, old-fashioned sweet peas in the winter, as well as in the spring, so that you will have excellent productive plants that flower throughout the summer.

Genus Lathyrus odoratus
Type Hardy Annual Climber
Common Name Sweet Pea
Border Position Climber
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 2 metres (6ft)
Spacing Plant out, 2 plants to a vertical support, 15cm (6in) apart in a mild spell in March-May.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow October-December or January-March, 2 seeds into 1 rootrainer. When roots fill container, pot on 2 seedlings together into a 1 litre pot. Pinch out tips when plants have 4 pairs of leaves. If autumn sown, overwinter in a light, cool place. Sweet peas often have quite a hard seed coat so it may help to soften the seed before sowing. To do this, place the seeds on some damp kitchen paper and pop them in a warm spot. Once the seeds start to swell or sprout they are ready to sow. If the seeds don’t seem to be swelling you can try making a small nick in the seed coat (opposite the ‘eye’) as this will help moisture enter the seed and kick-start the germination process.
Care Tips Remove the climbing tendrils as they grow. Tie the stem into your framework on a regular basis. Can be grown in deep container pots up a climbing frame. Find out how to cordon train your sweet pea in Sarah's how-to guide.
Flowering May - September
Vase Life 4-5 days. Avoid direct sunlight and heat. This has a beautiful scent.
Harvesting Keep picking as often as you can.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Opal Sweet Pea Mix reviews

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Reviewed 7th October 2018 by Pauline

Plants were healthy and started flowering early and were nicely formed, however the stems of the sweet pea flowers were no length at all some 3" some 4". Previously I had grown from seed and the stems were much longer. Not sure if this was something that I had done or not.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your review. We have found Sweet Pea stems to be shorter in general this year due to the unusually hot weather, meaning the plants 'hurried' their flowering, resulting in shorter stems."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Diane

Some of the plants did much better than others - I don't know why - but after a rather slow start they flowered very well and I was cutting flowers every day.

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Reviewed 21st September 2018 by Joyce

I bought a whole bunch of plug plants and tubers in Spring, all for a clients cutting garden. I grew the plant on until they were 2/3Litre pot size. The plants were all good, strong and sturdy and I only have two that died off in around 275 plants. I was dissappointed with the dahlias though as the not all came true as per the label. I certainly didnt get the Labyrinth that I ordered.

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Reviewed 20th September 2018 by Angela

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Mrs Davis

Not great, but may have been due to the dry weather although I did water well.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Heather

Fabulous blooms all summer long.

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Reviewed 2nd September 2018 by Mary

Excellent blooms still flowering. Anniversary was my favourite - very delicate colouring.

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by David

Seedlings arrived in pristine condition but it has been a disappointing year for sweet peas as far as I was concerned. No reflection on the quality of the product they did not like the south facing constant heat. That I guess is gardening for you. Your dahlias on the other hand continue to be magnificent.