Annual Sweet Pea ‘Bijou Mix’
16" Bush-type sweet pea perfect for window boxes, borders or beds, yet has stems long enough to cut. Plants produce a profusion of bright ruffled blooms in a rainbow of colors
Approximately 350 Seeds per oz
One of America's favorite annuals, sweet peas offer bright, fragrant flowers that aremagnificent for cutting. All sweet peas prefer cool weather - although the varieties 'Old Spice' and 'Mammoth Mix' show remarkable heat resistance.
Climbing varieties need support such as a trellis, netting or strings. We enjoy them most when rambling over shrubs, for that authentic cottage garden look.
About Bijou Mixed Sweet Pea: According to traditional lore, poet John Keats first called these fragrant country flowers "sweet peas." It has also been called the queen of annuals and is the quintessential old fashioned English flower. Though accounts of this flower's origins differ, most historians agree that a Franciscan monk named Francisco Cupani found it growing when visiting the island of Sicily. In 1699, he sent the seeds of the plant to a botanist in Amsterdam, Dr. Casper Commelin, who published the first recorded description and illustration of sweet peas in 1701. Dr. Leonard Plukenet, the Royal Professor of Botany and gardener of Queen Mary, also recorded obtaining a specimen of sweet pea in the early 18th century.
Bijou Mixed Sweet Pea Germination: To soften the hard coating of these seeds, soak them for several hours or overnight in warm water before planting. Most of the seeds should have softened and begun to swell, but if a few remain hard make a slight nick in the seed coat with a sharp knife. In climates with mild winters, these prepared seeds can be sown in the fall to bring the earliest spring blooms. Otherwise, they should be planted in spring as soon as the ground can be worked; light frosts will not be harmful, though the seeds require at least 55 degrees F to germinate. Plant the seeds just under the surface and keep the soil lightly moist until germination. Seeds started indoors should be prepared in the same way, but planted in groups of three in individual peat pots and given plenty of sunlight.
Growing Bijou Mixed Sweet Pea Seeds: As the seedlings develop, pinch off the top set of leaves occasionally to encourage branching. Keep in mind that pests such as birds and slugs can damage the young plants. Both seedlings and mature plants need regular watering for best growth; several applications of fertilizer will also bring these plants to their full potential. A layer of mulch will help conserve moisture as well as controlling weeds.
Harvesting Bijou Mixed Sweet Pea: Cut these flowers early in the morning, choosing stems with the lowest blossom just beginning to open. Place in water immediately, stripping the leaves that will fall below the surface. Pick the blossoms often, since this encourages more to grow.
Saving Bijou Mixed Sweet Pea Seeds: After the faded blossoms fall from the plant, bean-like pods will develop. When they turn from green to a light brown color, pick them from the plant and spread them out to dry away from direct sunlight. When they have dried, split them to remove the seeds; spread the seeds out to dry completely. Store the dried seeds in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Bijou Mixed Sweet Pea Info: Origin: Introduced US Flower Other Common Names: None Duration: Annual Bloom Time: Summer to Fall Height: 12-18 inches Spacing: 4-6 inches Light: Full Sun Soil Moisture: Medium USDA Zone: 3a-9b Seeds Per Oz: 300 Produces a compact, bush-type sweet pea with large blossoms in shades of lavender, pink, white, and red.
USDA Zones: 5 - 9
Height: 48 - 60 inches
Bloom Season: Early summer to late summer
Bloom Color: Mix
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Moist, well-drained, pH 6.1 - 7.5
Temperature: 64 - 68F
Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days
Light Required: No
Depth: 1/2 inch
Sowing Rate: 1 - 2 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 2 - 3 inches for seed spacing, then thin plants later to desired spacing