Sweet Pea ‘Bix’

Lathyrus odoratus

Features

  • Cut-and-come-again
  • Fragrant
  • Toxic
  • Vine

Description

This variety bred by Dr. Keith Hammett has vintage charm. Blooms are cream-colored brushed with apricot-pink and are one of the earliest varieties to flower. Tall, abundant stems have an average of 5 blooms. A great option for wedding bouquets.

Please note: Unlike garden peas, sweet pea seeds are poisonous if ingested. Use caution around children and pets.

Details

Plant type: hardy annual
Height: 6 to 8 ft
Site: full sun
Days to maturity: 75 to 90 days
Plant spacing: 8 in
Pinch: when 4 to 6 in tall

Seed Sowing & Growing Notes

In mild areas, seed can be sown in pots in the fall, overwintered in a sheltered spot, and planted out in spring. Everywhere else, sow seed 10 to 12 weeks before last frost and transplant out right around last frost. Provide a strong trellis or support for vines to climb.

Harvesting/Vase Life

Harvest when there are at least 2 unopened flowers at the tip of a stem. It’s especially important to use flower food. Expect a vase life of 4 to 5 days.

Details

Description

This variety bred by Dr. Keith Hammett has vintage charm. Blooms are cream-colored brushed with apricot-pink and are one of the earliest varieties to flower. Tall, abundant stems have an average of 5 blooms. A great option for wedding bouquets.

Please note: Unlike garden peas, sweet pea seeds are poisonous if ingested. Use caution around children and pets.

Details

Plant type: hardy annual
Height: 6 to 8 ft
Site: full sun
Days to maturity: 75 to 90 days
Plant spacing: 8 in
Pinch: when 4 to 6 in tall

Seed Sowing & Growing Notes

In mild areas, seed can be sown in pots in the fall, overwintered in a sheltered spot, and planted out in spring. Everywhere else, sow seed 10 to 12 weeks before last frost and transplant out right around last frost. Provide a strong trellis or support for vines to climb.

Harvesting/Vase Life

Harvest when there are at least 2 unopened flowers at the tip of a stem. It’s especially important to use flower food. Expect a vase life of 4 to 5 days.

Sources

How to Grow

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