How to grow Sweet Pea (Lathyrus)

Grow Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus) in well-drained soil in full sun. These fragrant climbers prefer cool, moist soil around their roots. Either plant low-growing annuals around them to shade the roots, or apply a layer of mulch. Sweet peas thrive in alkaline soils, so add lime if your soil is acidic. For climbing varieties, provide at least 6' of vertical support at planting time.

For information on planting and care of annuals, click here.

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