Growing sweet peas with kids
As well as smelling fantastic,
sweet peas are great for pollinators and look lovely in the garden, or in jam jars in your home. They come in lots of colours - so try a few varieties to see which ones you like best. Just like magic, the more you pick, the more they grow! What you'll need:
• Packet of sweet pea seeds
• Pots or toilet roll tubes
• Cling film
• Sticks, canes, twine
Step 1: Start your seeds
• Fill your toilet roll tubes with compost and put them in a tray.
• Make a hole and drop two to three seeds in.
• Sprinkle compost over the seeds.
• Water the soil and cover with cling film.
• Put your tray on a warm, sunny windowsill. Keep the soil moist.
• In about a week, when the seeds have germinated, take the
Step 2: Make your stick wigwam
• Choose a sunny place outside to plant your sweet peas.
• You can grow them in a container or the ground, but add some
fresh compost or manure.
• Find three long sticks or canes.
• Push them into the soil in a triangle shape, about 30cm apart.
• Tie the canes together at the top to make a wigwam. The sweet
peas will wind their way up the poles.
Step 3: Plant your sweet peas outside
• Take your sweet peas outside each day for about a week but
bring them in at night.
• When they're ready, make a hole next to each cane and plant
• When they're about 10cm tall, pinch out the tip of each stem to
make the plant bushy and strong.
• Sweet peas are thirsty. Water them every morning.
• Sweet peas keep flowering all summer if you pick the flowers
regularly and remove any dead ones. This is called 'deadheading'.
Never eat the seed pods - they're poisonous.
Popular sweet pea
There's plenty more information in the
downloadable guide. Print it out for more detailed instructions and even more sweetpea facts! For even more advice on growing sweet peas, head to our sweet pea hub page.
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