Bush Sweet Peas - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Teri Small
Bakersfield, CA
Question by smallt
September 26, 1999
I am looking for "bush" sweet peas and any information that will help me grow them. Until this summer I was unaware of how wonderful they smelled...but I have always hated the look of all the dead growth at the bottom the stalks. While visiting my aunt in Idaho this summer, she showed me a bush variety...but I can't seem to find them in the gardening stores or catalogs. Can you help me?

Answer from NGA
September 26, 1999


Seeds for Dwarf Sweet Peas (Lathyrus)are widely available. Here are just a few sources: Johnny's Selected Seeds, 1 Foss Hill Rd., Albion, Maine 04910-9731 (Knee-High Mix), Thompson & Morgan, Inc., PO Box 1308, Jackson, NJ 08527-0308 (Dwarf Mix), and Shepherd's Garden Seeds, 30 Irene St., Torrington, CT 06790.

Lathyrus grows best in full sun, in rich, loose, well-draining soil. They prefer the cool temperatures of spring and autumn and flower best during those times. Sow seed outdoors in early spring (March in your area), planting 1/2" deep in prepared soil.


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