Sweet Pea ‘Prince of Orange’
Almost 100 years in gardens around the world, this vibrant sweet pea adds a splash of colour to the garden or vase, working well with hot colour schemes and autumnal tones. Originally bred by C.C Morse & Co in the US (California to be specific), renown for growing and showing sweet peas and actually introduced the cordon training system for show sweet peas, this rare heirloom is a true piece of history which can be easily grown at home.
Sweet Peas prefers a sunny open position in the garden in a soil enriched with aged compost and decomposed manure. Ideally, soils should have a pH around 7 or above for optimal growth as they dislike acidic soils. Sweet Peas attach readily to any open structure that they can get their tendrils around, from simple wire fencing, to cane tepees and elaborate arbours and lattice work. It is important to set up any support before sowing or transplanting so as to avoid damaging the young seedlings as they establish. Sow seed either insitu, or in trays for transplanting. Direct sowing works very well for spring and summer sowings, while indoor sowing is best in autumn. Protect young seedlings from snails, especially during the cooler months. As they begin to flower, it is important to water regularly during dry periods and pick the flowers to prolong flowering.
Note: Sweet Peas are not edible. All parts are poisonous if consumed.