Sweet Pea - Winston Churchill
A very striking and attractive red sweet pea, with both intoxicating fragrance and strong stems of good length. Climber, superb for arches, trellis, obelisques, etc. Good cut flower variety. 20p donation to the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust for every packet sold.
Sow October indoors, or March to April outdoors. Germinate at 20-30C on the surface of a free draining, damp seed compost, 3 seeds per 7.5cm pot. Apply a layer of compost 1cm deep. Place in a propagator or seal container in a polythene bag until after germination which takes 10-21 days. Spring sowings can be sown outdoors, 2.5cm deep in drills 7.5cm apart. Overwinter October sown plants in cooler conditions such as a cold frame before planting out in spring when the ground has warmed, 23-3cm apart. Pinch out the growing point once the first or second pair of leaves has opened. Regular removal of spent flowers will encourage further blooms.