Wiltshire Ripple and Almost Black Mix

Highlight the wonderful stipples and flakes of Sweet Pea 'Wiltshire Ripple' by growing it with the variety 'Almost Black' on a teepee, arch or frame. More
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Highlight the wonderful stipples and flakes of Sweet Pea 'Wiltshire Ripple' by growing it with the variety 'Almost Black' on a teepee, arch or frame.

This seed packet contains a mix of both varieties and the seedling collection contains 4 or 8 seedlings each of:
Genus Lathyrus
Group/Species odoratus
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Sweet Pea
Border Position Climber
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 1.5m (5ft)
Spacing 2 plants to a vertical, 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. These can be grown in container pots up a climbing frame. Find out how to grow your sweet peas from seed in Sarah's how-to guide.
Flowering May - August (winter-sown) or June - September (spring-sown), or 12-14 weeks from spring-sowing of seed.
Vase Life 4-5 days. Avoid direct sunlight and heat. This has a beautiful scent. Add a little sugar syrup to the flower water to extend vase life.
Harvesting 3 months
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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Wiltshire Ripple and Almost Black Mix reviews

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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 19th September 2018 by Katherine

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Heather

Have considered Wiltshire Ripple as unusual but wasn't quite sure if I would like what looked a bit like a brown colour. Have grown them this year along with many other colours of sweet pea, and other flowers. The colour is a lovely deep purple and white/cream, which lends a beautiful contrast to my other flowers in the vase and also seems to exert a sweet old fashioned influence. The plants themselves are healthy and still flowering now (mid September) from a spring sowing.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Frances

These had good colour and were strong plants but there was a sweet pea variety that was supposed to be turquoise, a new kind, which didn't come through at all and all its leaves turned yellow and died before this so-called wonderful colour came through.

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Reviewed 2nd September 2018 by Dot

Darker mix than I had presumed. Other parts of the order were problematic. Poor germination of some seeds, especially parsnip and 3 different varieties of gladioli in a pack bought as one specific!

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Reviewed 1st September 2018 by John

Poor germination but the seeds that did grow have flowered well. Good perfume and reasonably straight stems

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Christine

Stems were really too short. The Wiltshire Ripple wasn’t always the two colours, sometimes they were pure white. Preferred the Almost Black ones