Sweet Pea - Alan Titchmarsh
Named after myself in 1986, this attractive Sweet Pea has lightly scented, large blooms in a gorgeous almond pink with a hint of cream. Ideal used a garden cut flower and regular prizewinner on the show bench. Height: 180cm.
Start off in a seed tray in a cold frame or indoors and plant out in borders. Soak seeds overnight in tepid water. Fill a seed tray with good, free-draining, damp, seed compost. Sow seeds 1cm deep in the compost. If sowing in autumn or winter, sow 3 seeds per 7.5cm pot and place in a cold frame where seeds will germinate and grow throughout the winter until spring. They can then be planted into their final flowering positions. If sowing in spring, sow as above and place the pots in a propagator or seal inside a polythene bag and keep at a temperature around 20-25C until the seeds germinate. This will take about 7-21 days. Donâ€™t exclude light as this helps germination. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, plant them out into their final flowering position, 30cm apart.