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 9th August 2019 by Valerie

Difficult to rate as the service was very good, but unfortunately the plants were not the colours I ordered! They should have been Wiltshire ripple and almost black sweet peas. However, half were white and the other half were red and white! I'm usually delighted with my purchases from Sarah Raven, but this time, sorry but way off the mark.

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Lianne

All good, all flowering nicely now. Scent isn't as strong as other but i was after the dark colours more than scent. Did mostly get almost black colours though.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Sheila

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jill

Germinated but not very floriferous and ripple stems were short

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Ms Martin

Have grown these from seed & plugs for past 3 years. Perfume was my prioriry, & it was brilliant. Plants robust both in garden & large pot, & flowered generously

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Fiona

best flowering of sweet peas I HAVE HAD

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Karen

They were very pretty but didn't like the hot summer. I shall try again next year.

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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