Planting sweet peas
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Sweet Pea Prep

In the coldest climates, soaking seeds indoors overnight or nicking the seed shell with nail clippers will speed germination. In warmer climates (or during late spring in colder regions), sow seeds directly into the soil by planting them 1 inch deep and 2 to 3 inches apart. You can also plant seeds in nursery flats or peat pots.

Transplant when night temperatures remain above 40º F. Sown or transplanted, growing seedlings should be thinned to 6 to 8 inches apart. Be sure to sow a second row about 3 weeks later for more weeks of blooms.

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