Patricks Day is here again and this means its time
to start planting your favourite Sweet Peas. St Patrick's
day traditionally marks the season for planting Sweet
Peas, but they can be successfully planted here in
Qld right through to the end of April. The correct
preparation now will ensure a spectacular display
in right into Spring.
Sweet Peas love full sun and a rich soil. Find a sunny
site and dig in plenty of organic fertiliser. For
best results, use 5 in 1® Organic Plant Food.
Sweet Peas also love a sweet soil, so add some Lime
or Dolomite to the soil before planting. As a guide,
apply approximately 150g Lime or Dolomite to each
square metre of soil. They like a soil pH of about
6-7, so if you have a pH test kit, you will be able
to test the soil to see if they need the Lime or Dolomite.
Remember, once the soil is limed, it will slowly take
effect, so you will not be able to accurately measure
the final result until a couple of weeks after application.
The next step is to make sure you have a good strong
trellis in place to support the vigorous growth. Do
this before planting the Sweet Pea seeds. This way
you won't disturb the seeds once planted.
Plant Sweet Pea seeds about 3cm deep and 7cm apart.
This will give a good mass display. Cover them with
Searles® Seed Raising Mix and lightly water in.
Once the seedlings have four sets of leaves, nip off
the top of the plant to encourage more side shoots.
When fertilising Sweet Peas, it is important to remember
that they make their own Nitrogen & don't like
being fertilised with extra Nitrogen. An ideal liquid
fertiliser to use is Searles® Liquid Potash, which
contains both Phosphorus & Potash. For excellent
flowering, feed your Sweet Peas every 2 weeks with
liquid potash right up to flowering.
If you do this, you'll have a dazzling display of
Sweet Peas covered in glorious blooms.
Happy Gardening with Searles from the Searle family.
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