|20 seeds 040004||£1.95||In stock||
Sweet Pea 'Black Knight' is a crimson black, old-fashioned, highly scented sweet pea. 8/10 scent.
The result of Henry Eckford's work in the late 19th century is the Grandiflora group of sweet peas which, until this year, formed 90 per cent of the varieties I grow. They have what are now considered to be relatively small flowers and short stems with three, sometimes four flowers to a stem, but many of them are irresistible, with wonderful, strong scent and great dignity and elegance.
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. Sweet peas are all easy to grow and will fill your garden and house with the best scent ever.
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|Type||Hardy Annual Climber|
|Common Name||Sweet Pea|
|Soil Type||Fertile, Neutral|
|Moisture||Moist but Well-drained|
|Height||2 metres (6ft)|
|Spacing||Plant out, 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.|
|Care Tips||Remove the climbing tendrils as they grow. Tie the stem into your framework on a regular basis. These grow well in container pots up a climbing frame.|
|Flowering||May - August (winter-sown), or June-September (spring-sown), 12-14 weeks from spring sowing of seed.|
|Vase Life||4-5 days. Avoid direct sunlight and heat. This has a beautiful scent.|
|Harvesting||Keep picking as often as you can.|
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