Sweetest Sweet Peas!
We're planting our favorite old-fashioned FRAGRANT
Sweet Peas right now - and you should, too!

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Cupani’

Everyone knows old-fashioned
Sweet Peas, right?

One of the first flowers we learn about and love, their sweet fragrance reminds so many of us of childhood afternoons spent in grandma's garden. But did you know NOW is the BEST time to plant these beloved hardy annuals in temperate climates like ours?

Planting in late Winter gives them plenty of time to go to town underground, growing a robust network of roots for their star turn come Spring. You can be cutting flowers for bouquets as early as February with our earliest bloomer 'Cupani' – and collecting bushels of blooms well before May Day with the rest!

Visitors to our nursery are always blown away when our Sweet Peas are in their full 8' tall glory. "Why don't my Sweet Peas get that big?" they ask. Well, we've got a checklist for success, starting with the easiest and best thing you can do – plant now!

Our simple 5-step recipe for Sweet Pea success:

1. PLANT EARLY – Temperate areas (USDA zones 8, 9 and 10) should plant Sweet Peas now for biggest and best Spring bloom. They're hardy annuals and can handle frost just fine. Our gardening brethren in colder, snowy climes should get theirs in the ground just as soon as the soil can be worked in early Spring.

2. Grow them in RICH SOIL or they'll be sad! We say it all the time, and we mean it. Compost, compost, compost – especially in Winter when they are establishing their roots.

3. Bait for snails! Young Sweet Peas can succumb to those slimy savages we call snails and slugs. Once established – 8 inches tall or so – you can leave them on their own. We recommend Sluggo, safe around kids and pets. Apply once a week during the rainy season, and you'll be covered.

4. Provide support! Sweet Peas climb by tendrils and need something to climb on – an informal teepee of stakes, a trellis, a neighboring shrub? Anything it can get its tendrils around will work just fine.

5. Cut often! Once your Sweet Peas start blooming, cutting the blooms encourages MORE blooming! The more you cut, the longer the blooming season will continue. Toward the end of the season, leave some seed pods on the plant so that they will SELF-SOW for free plants next year!

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Annie's Annuals & Perennials
Nursery: 740 Market Ave. Richmond, CA 94801
Business Office: 801 Chesley Ave. Richmond, CA, 94801
(888) 266-4370