Sweet Pea - Lathyrus Tingitanus Rosea
This is a visually-striking annual Lathyrus species that is just as easy-to-grow as traditional Sweet Peas. The vigorous, climbing plants produce masses of coral-rose pink flowers which will quickly cover fences, trellis or archways throughout the summer. Rosea will also make a long-lasting and spectacular cut flower. Climbing height: to 1.8-2m.
Soak seeds overnight in warm water before sowing 1cm deep, 3 seeds per 7.5cm pot, in free-draining, damp, seed compost. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a polythene bag and place at 20-25C until after germination which takes 7-21 days. Do not exclude light. 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 growing point once the second pair of leaves has opened. Water freely in dry weather. Remove faded flowers regularly to encourage more blooms.