Sweet Pea 'Almost Black'

Sweet Pea 'Almost Black' is a very glamorous thing – a sweet pea in an incredibly dark, luscious colour and incredible scent. More
20 seeds 040036 £2.50 In stock
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4 seedlings 510533-4 £6.95 Delivery late March
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8 seedlings 510533-8 £9.95 Delivery late March
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12 seedlings 510533-12 £16.50 Delivery late March
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Sweet Pea 'Almost Black' is a very glamorous thing – a sweet pea in an incredibly dark, luscious colour and amazing scent.

This is a modern grandiflora sweet pea. The recent breeding triumph has to be the incredible new band of 'Modern Grandifloras' with all the royal cards in their hand. These have been developed to have large flowers, lots of them, with long stems of the Spencer types, with the bonus of fantastic scent of 'Matucana' and its early brigade. 9/10 scent.

No garden is complete without sweet peas. Grow them over arches, teepees and trellis and plant them with your runner beans to draw lots of insect pollinators into your veg patch.

We sow our highly-scented, old-fashioned sweet pea seeds in the winter, as well as in the spring, so that you will have excellent productive plants throughout the summer. Our sweet pea seedlings come with full planting instructions.

Genus Lathyrus odoratus
Group/Species Modern grandiflora
Variety Almost Black
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 4 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 June - 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
Advice & Videos
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Reviewed 28th June 2016 by Geraldine

When I received the seedlings a couple of days ago they were quite tall but didn't look their best as they were very yellow in colour, I planted them straight away hoping that they will recover but they don't seem very vigorous.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your feedback, we are sorry to hear that you are experiencing disappointing results from your sweet pea seedlings. If the plants were yellow upon arrival it sounds like they may have been delayed in the post, been packed up for longer than planned and the plants have suffered as a result of this. If you could contact customer services on 0345 092 0283 or by email at info@sarahraven.com the team will do their best to replace the plants for you or alternatively arrange for the plants to be refunded."

Posted 4th July 2016

Wonderful fragrance, rich sultry colours

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Reviewed 2nd August 2014 by Petra

I've bought the several variety of sweet peas. No problem at all, big healthy seeds all germinated into healthy plants. I like the packaging with instructions despite missing an image. I love the rich dark colour and the fragrance is just lovely, a bit spicy deep pea-delicious but not so heady.


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Reviewed 16th July 2014 by Yvonne Lally

Seeds supplied in excess of the numbers guaranteed and full germination (Greenhouse raised but no chipping or soaking). Strong plants and lovely long stems on blooms. Profuse. Will definitely grow again.