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Sweet pea pot display

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
At its best
At its best

Plant is not at its best in January

Plant is not at its best in February

Plant is not at its best in March

Plant is not at its best in April

Plant is not at its best in May

Plant is at its best in June

Plant is at its best in July

Plant is at its best in August

Plant is not at its best in September

Plant is not at its best in October

Plant is not at its best in November

Plant is not at its best in December

To do
To do

Do not To do in January

Do not To do in February

Do not To do in March

Do not To do in April

Do To do in May

Do To do in June

Do not To do in July

Do not To do in August

Do not To do in September

Do not To do in October

Do not To do in November

Do not To do in December

Sweet peas are the classic annual climber and look just as lovely in pots as they do in a border. ‘Spencer Mix’ has large flowers and long stems, good for cutting, but ‘Cupani’ and ‘Painted Lady’ are particularly good as their short stems give good coverage of the support and they’re extremely fragrant.

You will need

  • Sweet pea ‘Spencer Mix’ or ‘Cupani’ x3
  • 55cm pot
  • Willow plant support
  • Multi-purpose compost
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Step 1

Add crocks to the pot and fill two-thirds with compost. Position the sweet peas 15cm apart, firm the compost around them and water well. Place the willow support in the compost and tie in the sweet peas using twine.

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Step 2

When the plants flower, cut them regularly to use in indoor displays. This will encourage more flowers to grow, prolonging the season of interest.

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Kevin Smith says…

Poke sweet-pea seeds into the compost when planting this container. They’ll germinate and climb up through the established plants, giving a second flush of flowers later in the season – it’s an easy but effective trick.

Kevin Smith