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

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Sweet peas

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Almost Black
$5.00
Almost Black  

'Almost Black' is our darkest Sweet Pea. It is a very dark maroon/navy that appears almost black in some light! It is Summer flowering and a vigorous grower. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Aoraki
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$5.00
Aoraki  

'Aoraki' Early flowering white, 6-7 blooms per long stems. Named after New Zealand's tallest mountain Aoraki Mount Cook. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Berry Fruit Mix
$5.00
Berry Fruit Mix  

'Berry Fruit Mix' is a mixture of Summer flowering sweet peas 'North Shore', 'Porlock' and variants which harmonise very well. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Bix
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$5.00
Bix  

'Bix' Cream ground, sharp red picotee, counterpart of 'High Society' (white ground pink picotee). Named for the English village in which my mother grew up. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Blue Shift
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Blue Shift  

'Blue Shift' is a Summer flowering sweet pea that has the amazing ability to morph as it ages from pink/mauve to shades of brilliant blues and aquamarines. This is the 'bluest' colour that exists currently in sweet peas. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Blue Wonder
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Blue Wonder  

'Blue Wonder' Not my raising, but possibly the nearest to blue Sweet Pea cultivar. Early flowering, can be sown year round, from March for Winter flowers, June to October for Summer flowers, or November for Autumn flowers. Approximately 25 seed per packet.

Burlesque
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Burlesque  

'Burlesque' is a stunning bluish purple and white Summer-flowering flake. Expect some variation in the intensity of the purple. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Chelsea Centenary
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Chelsea Centenary  

'Chelsea Centenary' was named by the Royal Horticultural Society to celebrate the 100th World Famous Chelsea Flower Show held in London each year. It is a clear blue exhibition type sweet pea with five or six flowers on each stem. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Cocktail
$5.00
Cocktail  

'Cocktail' is a variation on the colouring of the original sweet pea, namely maroon standard petal and violet wing petals. It is however larger and has the waved Spencer flower form. Good scent. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Earl Grey
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Earl Grey  

'Earl Grey' is the first bicoloured flaked sweet pea. The standard petal has maroon flakes on a white ground while the wings have mauve/purple flakes on a white ground. Flowers are large and wavy. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Enchanté
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Enchant√©  

'Enchanté' is a tricoloured sweet pea! The standard petal is cherry pink with a large white base with pencil markings, while the wings are a soft mauve. Useful in floral work. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Enigma
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'Enigma' Offered for its strong unique scent. The name reflects both questions regarding parentage and breeding behaviour. Medium size flowers with intriguing pink marking. 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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