Mars Sweet Pea Seed
Striped, ruffled petals on long stems.
From the Spencer Series. Brilliant crimson streaks throughout and lining the petal edge. Plants produce 3–4 blooms per 9–12" stem. Highly fragrant. NOTE: Spencer Series sweet peas are known as late-flowering because they require at least 12 hours of daylight, unlike more modern sweet pea varieties bred for winter production, which may require only 10–11 hours of daylight.
• Attracts hummingbirds.
Ht. 72–96". Avg. 300 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.
SOWING: Transplant (recommended) - Sow 1/4- 1/2" deep into 72-cell flats or preferred deep-cell seedling container, 4-5 weeks before planting out. Darkness is required for germination. Direct seed - 6 weeks before last frost. Seedlings won't be damaged by light frost. Pinch when 6-8" tall to encourage denser branching and more flowers. Trellis support is required.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
PLANT HEIGHT: Varies. Support such as Hortonova vertical trellis is needed to support plants.
PLANT SPACING: 6".
HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.
STEM LENGTH: 6-16".
VASE LIFE: 4-6 days. Sweet Peas do not store well, but if necessary store at a temperature of 36-39°F (2-4°C).
HARVEST: Half the flowers on a stem are open. Harvesting flowers increases blooms.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Rich, deep, loamy, moist, well-drained soil. 6-7 pH preferred.
TIP: Using white on black plastic or straw mulch will help keep roots cool and the plants productive for a longer period.
USES: Cut flower, backs of borders, fences, trellises, arbors, and cottage gardens.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Lathyrus odoratus
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