Sweet Pea - Matucana
Matucana is an old-fashioned type, with deep purple and red flowers with a good tolerance to the summer heat, making it a good patio addition. An interesting fact about this variety is that it was originally found in Peru around 1543.
Sow from September to April. September and April sowings can be made in flowering site, 2cm deep. For later sowings, place in pots, with 5 seeds in each. For October, November and March sowings, keep in a cold frame. For January sowings, keep in a heated glasshouse. Glasshouse raised seedlings should be hardened off during March. Plant out pot grown seedlings in the flowering site, 15cm apart in April. Thin direct sown seedlings to 10cm apart. Provide sturdy support for plants. Pick flowers regularly to encourage new growth. Ready to pick from late June to September.