Start Growing Your Sweet Peas In The Winter

You Can Start Growing Sweet Peas Indoors in the Winter

Berry growing is fun, but there are other fruits or vegetables such as sweet peas that you can also grow either completely indoors or at least partly indoors. If you live in a cold winter climate, you could get a head start on growing sweet peas. The key is to grow the sweat peas indoors for about five to eight weeks before transporting them to your outdoor garden.

Indoor Growing Until March

Sweet peas can handle a light frost so you will want to buy some time indoors until around March. Obviously, this varies depending upon the severity of your winter climate, but sweat peas can be a nice addition to your indoor berry growing efforts.

Nicking The Sweet Peas

To increase the probability that your seeds will germinate, you must nick the seeds. A nail clipper will get the job done by breaking the outer coating of the seed. When done properly, the seeds will absorb more water and sprout a few days earlier. You will be well on your way to home grown sweat peas.

Soil Matters

It is very beneficial to invest in a good, high quality potting mix for your sweet peas. The use of garden soil will lead to more complications caused by poor drainage. Follow the directions for the potting mix although most of them will tell you to slowly add water to make it evenly moist.

Planting the Sweet Peas

Use a smaller three or four inch pot for your sweet peas. Fill the pot with your pre-moistened mix until the surface is settled. You want to the soil surface to be within one inch from the top of your pot. It is very important to avoid overfilling the pot.

When sowing the seeds, again, follow the instructions on the back of the seed packet. The packet will provide the proper depth required for the seeds. To measure the proper depth, use a pen or your finger as a benchmark. Label the outside of the containers with the date to facilitate the tracking of the growth. Water and maintain a 55 to 70 degree indoor temperature for your sweet peas.

Moving It Outdoors

When your plants have around three or four pairs of leaves, you will need to acclimate your seeds to the outdoor climate. Your outdoor location should get more sunlight in the morning and little sunlight in the afternoon. Wait about one week to before moving them to an all day sunlight location. After three days, make the final move of the sweet peas to your garden.


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