Sweet Pea 'Blue Velvet'

The richest, most saturated, deep blue-purple with a long-flowering season and whopper stems. Good scent too. More
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The richest, most saturated, deep blue-purple with a long-flowering season and whopper stems. Good scent too. Scent 8/10.

Genus Lathyrus odoratus
Group/Species Spencer
Variety Blue Velvet
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 Flowers late May from autumn sowing, early summer from spring sowing.
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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Sweet Pea 'Blue Velvet' reviews

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Kate

The web-site was clear and informative about sowing the seeds and what to expect, the seeds arrived in good time and were well packaged. I sowed them into root-trainers in January and they grew into healthy seedlings, planted out in May. We had a wet, cold June but they started flowering mid-June with long stems with multiple flowers on each, a strong deep blue and strong scent. By now, the beginning of August, they are petering out with short stems, but I have had lots of bunches and am very satisfied.

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Rona

100% germination rate, adore the depth of colour (least scented of the 3 I grew – Blue Velvet, Painted Lady and King Edward VII). Not as floriferous as the other two but the fabulous, fabulous colour more than making up for that. Very long, straight, strong flower stems, too (as has King Edward VII). I'll be growing all 3 varieties again next year.

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Anne

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Jennifer

the service was good.
The sweet peas have not done well.

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Jennifer

The service was very good but I didn't have much success with the seeds.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jill

Super flowers. Long straight stems. Will sow next year

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Judy

Gave as a present to a friend. Thye have bloomed very well

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Antonia

Good deep colour, but this asking for more comments is getting annoying

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Marian

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Christine

Still blooming well, very happy

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Aileen

The packaging was excellent and the young plants were strong. The colour is stunning but much more purple than blue. My only criticism is that this variety doesn't produce as many flowers as I would expect.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Alison

Seedlings were well packaged and took well.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jacky

Medium germination (18/26), medium flowers on medium to short stems, excellent colour. Still on the hunt for a dark blue with 'Windsor' vigour.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Diana

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Reviewed 18th July 2019 by Pat

Lovely - germinated well (unlike Prince Edward, as reviewed elsewhere), grew superbly

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Reviewed 28th November 2018 by Claire

I fear they required more attention than I was able to give them. A useful lesson for me.

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Sheena

As ever excellent and have saved seeds for next year

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Elizabeth

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Philomena

Very happy with everything

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Gina

2 of them were not blue velvet, and the other 2 were average flowering

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Sweet Peas and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Stephen

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Isabel

Super - grew beautifully with lots of flowers.

NB This remark applies to all the purchases. They were all meticulously packed with super clear instructions. It was a positive pleasure unpacking them because they had been so beautifully wrapped! And where they didn’t grow terribly well I expect it was my fault for not planting them properly. I think your catalogues are really marvellous.

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Reviewed 6th September 2018 by Helene

The plants grew very well and the flowers were handsome.

PJ

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Reviewed 25th November 2017 by Pat Johnson

Fabulous sweet pea - vigorous, lovely scent, gorgeous colour. (And despite inevitable powdery mildew later in the season in our garden, still flowering in October!)

Excellent

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Reviewed 14th July 2016 by Jackie Davis

I sowed these in root trainers in February and then planted them out in May. They have been gorgeous. A beautiful deep colour and a lovely scent. I have been picking them for weeks. I think the key to success has been very rich, manured soil and plenty of rain which we have had for months! Highly recommended.