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

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Solstice Lavender
$6.00
Solstice Lavender  

SOLD OUT 'Solstice Lavender' is a Winter flowering sweet pea with wavy lavender-coloured flowers. Can be sown year-round. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Solstice Mid Blue
$6.00
Solstice Mid Blue  

'Solstice Mid Blue' is a Winter flowering Sweet Pea with large wavy blue flowers. Can be sown year-round. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Solstice Rose
$6.00
Solstice Rose  

'Solstice Rose' is a Winter Flowering Sweet Pea. It can be sown year-round. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Solstice Soft Pink
$6.00
Solstice Soft Pink  

SOLD OUT 'Solstice Soft Pink' is a Winter Flowering Sweet Pea. It can be sown year-round. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Solstice White
$6.00
Solstice White  

SOLD OUT 'Solstice White' is a Winter flowering sweet pea with wavy white flowers. Can be sown year-round. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Somewhere
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$6.00
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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$6.00
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.

Streamers Mix
$6.00
Streamers Mix  

This is a mixture of other coloured versions of 'Pandemonium', including 'Burlesque' blue, and 'Vaudeville' pink, plus others. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Sunflower Dahlia Seed
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$6.00
Sunflower Dahlia Seed  

Fed up with nothing but dwarf plants from the garden centre? Try these! Tall growing, over 5 ft (152cm). Flowers in a range of colours, twice as large as regular single flowered dahlias (white-flowered Mystic in photo for comparison), both dark and green leaved plants. Even the odd jumbo sized collerette, maybe? Unlike sunflowers, these produce tubers, and you can name and keep your favourite selection for many years. Sow in Spring. 

Triple G
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$6.00
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.

Turquoise Lagoon
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$6.00
Turquoise Lagoon  

'Turquoise Lagoon' is an outstanding new selection which opens mauve and morphs to turquoise as the flower ages! A completely new colour for Sweet Peas. Seed small and mottled. New stock.

Vaudeville
$6.00
Vaudeville  

SOLD OUT 'Vaudeville' is a flaked sweet pea with vibrant pink flakes on a white ground. This cultivar together with 'Earl Grey', 'Pandemonium', 'Burlesque' and 'Chocolate Flake' form the core of the 'Streamers Mix'. 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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