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Sweet Pea 'Cupani'

Closely related to the fantastically fragrant wild sweet pea found in late spring hedgerows in Sicily and Southern Italy. It has small flowers and short stems, but the perfume will fill a room.
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20 seeds

4 seedlings

8 seedlings (510716-8)

12 seedlings (510716-12)

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Details:

Type
Climber
Position
Cutting Garden, On a Climbing Support
Soil
Broad Tolerance
Flowers
May - August (winter-sown) or June - September (spring-sown), or 12-14 weeks from spring-sowing of seed.
Height
1.8m (6ft)
Common name
Sweet Pea
Moisture
Moist but Well-drained
Size
20 seeds
Aspect
Full Sun
Spread
15cm
Cultivation
Sow October to April, 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.

Description

Closely related to the fantastically fragrant wild sweet pea found in late spring hedgerows in Sicily and Southern Italy. It has small flowers and short stems, but the perfume will fill a room.

This sweet pea was first introduced to the UK in the late 17th century when a Sicilian monk, Brother Francis Cupani, sent seeds of this highly fragrant annual to Dr. Robert Uvedale, a teacher from Enfield, Middlesex.

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.

Care Tips

Plant seedlings out during a mild spell March-May, providing support. Tie the stems into your framework on a regular basis and pinch out tendrils.