There are several varieties of sweet peas that you can grow.
All varieties have a unique color and fragrance. Read the package of the seed before choosing.
Air Warden– it has dark red petals that can grab anyone’s attention. Usually, this variety is used as ornamental plants and kept in containers, vases, window boxes, etc.
Crimson Ripple- It has one of the best fragrant and large waxy petals that are colored in crimson and white. They are taller in height.
Cupani– It is the most fragrant variety of sweet peas. They have deep crimson colored petals and are heat tolerant. You can keep their flower cutting in the home to have a good smell as well as beauty.
Many people have a common question about why their sweet pea flowers are not blooming.
There can be several reasons:
Maybe this is not an appropriate season for blooming. They bloom in the summer and fall seasons. Though this plant is frost tolerant they do not bloom in the frost.
Excessive fertilizers: Using nitrogen-rich fertilizer in large quantities might hamper the growth of the plant. It reduces the bloom and attracts insects and fungal diseases which can damage your plants.
Sweet pea does not need much maintenance, but you should know the basics of growing any healthy plant
There are some points you should keep in your mind before watering plants.
Watering the plant too frequently leads to many problems like leaves starting to turn yellow. You should water them only when the soil looks dry.
Always water directly in the base of the plant without wetting the foliage and stems. Wet plants have dangerous to pests and diseases.
When the plant gets established you can use a mulch to keep the soil moist. If you mulch, you do not need to water regularly unless the soil gets dried.
For getting good fruits and blooms you should use good quality soil.
Many people use ground soil for gardening but regular ground soil is not rich in nutrition and minerals.
You may use potting mix soil. For good air circulation mix the soil with perlite and sand. If you are growing in the pot.
Choose a pot that has adequate drainage holes. These holes allow excess water to flow from the pot.
Put plenty of stones or rocks in the bottom of the pot for easy water flow.
In the garden make a small hole, fill the soil with potting mix soil and sow seeds into it. Do the same transplantation of the plant.
You can also do a simple soil test of the garden to know pH. They prefer soil pH between 7.0-7.5
If you take care of your plant properly like water and pruning you might not face these problems.
Anyway let’s see them one by one:
If you plant sweet peas too close and in a spot where they do not get enough sunlight.
They might get attacked by powdery mildew which slows down the plant’s growth.
Aphids are often seen on these plants. They suck water and nutrition which cause multiple problems.
You get rid of them by the blast with a stream of water from the hose.
Treat plants with neem oil sometimes to prevent insects like spider mites, caterpillars and cutworms, leafminer, or thrips.
Snails and slugs are also attracted in the rainy season, treat them with a bait such as Sluggo.
Are sweet peas poisonous?
They are mildly poisonous to humans and pets. if eaten in large quantities and can cause a condition called Lathyrus. In this condition, a person suffers from a heavy breathing problem. If you have domestic animals like cats and you suspect ingestion of peas. Immediately take it to the animal doctor without waiting for any symptoms.
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