Sweet Pea 'Blue Velvet'

The richest, most saturated, deep blue-purple with long-flowering season and whopper stems. Good scent too. More
20 seeds 040063 £1.95 In stock
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4 seedlings 510876-4 £6.95 Delivery late March
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8 seedlings 510876-8 £9.95 Delivery late March
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12 seedlings 510876-12 £16.50 Delivery late March
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The richest, most saturated, deep blue-purple with 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 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.