DR KEITH HAMMETT
QSM, BSc (Hons), PhD
PLANT BREEDER

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Lathyrus nervosus
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Lathyrus nervosus  

'Lord Anson's Pea' This is a perennial species from South America. It has somewhat succulent leaves and stems and prefers to scramble rather than climb. It will grow outside as well as under cover, but can be temperamental. I have found that it prefers to flower during the winter months here in Auckland. Can be sown at any time of the year. Limited stock. 10 seed per packet.

Lathyrus tingitanus
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Lathyrus tingitanus  

Tangier Pea This is an unscented annual relative of the Sweet Pea from the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa. It is notable for a very large standard petal relative to the small wing petals. This form is a rich purpleish cerise colour that came to me via the Howick Village in Auckland. Limited stock. 10 seed per packet.

Mahogany
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Mahogany  

'Mahogany' Dark chocolate maroon self, 4-5 wavy flowers on long stems. Adds dark red base colour to mixed bunches. Spring flowers, can be sown from May till November. October-November sowings will flower in the Autumn. Limited stock. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Mrs Collier
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'Mrs Collier' is an ancestral cultivar of historic significance - first introduced in the UK in 1905. It has primrose coloured buds which open cream, and a delicate vanilla scent. More recently it became notable as the foundation cultivar used in the cross between Lathyrus odoratus and L. belinensis, which has led to the various Lathyrus x hammettii hybrids. 15 seeds per packet.

Somewhere
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Somewhere  

'Somewhere' - 'Erewhon' was a breakthrough reverse bicolour, having the greatest colour contrast between standard and wing petals. 'Somewhere' has larger, somewhat better shaped flowers with the open Spencer keel petals. Pale pink standard, mauve wings.


Strawberry Fields
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Strawberry Fields  

'Strawberry Fields' A Spring flowering strawberry pink bicolour, suitable for exhibition, cut-flowers and garden decoration. Sow between May and November, approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Triple G
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Triple G  

'Triple G' Darkest navy-blue self, 5-6 wavy flowers on long stems. Adds dark blue base colour to mixed bunches. Spring flowers, can be sown from May till November. October-November sowing will flower in the Autumn. Limited stock. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

WINTER FLOWERING SWEET PEAS

Although the original, wild Sweet Pea, Lathyrus odoratus, from which all Sweet Peas have been derived was summer flowering, strains have been developed that are able to flower at different times of the year. This is controlled by the length of daylight hours, which varies both by season and geographic location. As a rule of thumb, Summer Flowering strains require 12 hours daylight to initiate flowering, Spring Flowering strains require 11 hours, while Winter Flowering strains require only 10 hours.

SPRING & SUMMER FLOWERING SWEET PEAS

Spring Flowering types are best sown in the autumn while Summer Flowering types are best sown from mid winter in areas with mild winters like those experienced in Northern New Zealand. Spring and Summer types produce more sturdy plants, which produce strong basal shoots that soon take over from the primary shoot. Notwithstanding both the Winter and Spring strains perform very well if sown at the same time as the Summer types.

Scented SWEET PEAS

Scent is a difficult characteristic to breed. Expression of scent is very much dependant on temperature and humidity, while different people have differing ability to detect scent. Notwithstanding, Keith's work in combining the colours of the ancestral cultivars with bigger flowers and longer stems has also resulted in strongly perfumed cultivars. His 'High Scent' is recognised as the world benchmark for scent. This has smaller flowers with a clamped keel, but new introduction 'High Society' combines a waved, crisp white ground picotee edged pink flower with strong scent.

NO SOAKING REQUIRED

Very frequently, home gardeners are advised to soak seed overnight before sowing. This is unnecessary and potentially harmful for any hand harvested seed obtained from this website. Because of harvesting methods, seed from field production can on occasion result in hard seed coats, which delays or prevents germination. This is why the idea that seed needs to be soaked to identify hard seed has arisen.

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