DR KEITH HAMMETT
QSM, BSc (Hons), PhD
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Sweet peas

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Nimbus
$6.00
Nimbus  

'Nimbus' is an English-bred sweet pea. It is the most dramatic example of a striped sweet pea. In this type the markings occur only on the back of the standard petal and the top of the wings. Unusual and never fails to impress. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

North Shore
$6.00
North Shore  

'North Shore' is a bicoloured sweet pea with a navy standard petal and violet wings. 'North Shore' is named to recognise the help afforded me by Jack Bridger in my early breeding here in New Zealand. Jack lived on the North Shore in Auckland. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Nuance
$6.00
Nuance  

'Nuance', as the name suggests is a subtle combination of two tones of pink in a bicoloured flower. Five large well spaced flowers per stem. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Original
$6.00
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'Original'. This is the genuine wild Sweet Pea. It is very highly scented. This stock was collected in Sicily during the 1970's. All other Sweet Peas have been developed from it. This is distinct from the cultivar Cupani, which is an impostor. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Pandemonium
$6.00
Pandemonium  

'Pandemonium' is a striking Summer-flowering Sweet Pea with pink and purple flakes on a paler ground. Stunning new selection! Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Pathfinder
$6.00
Pathfinder  

'Pathfinder' is a mixture of bicoloured flowers where the standard petal is a different colour or shade to the wing petals. Unlike earlier bicoloured mixtures, Pathfinder contains both regular and reverse bicolours. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Piggy Sue
$6.00
Piggy Sue  

SOLD OUT 'Piggy Sue' (no, not Peggy Sue) is named after a pig rescued from farrowing stalls. Is a pink flush on a cream ground, young flowers when first open appear as a pink picotee. Useful in floral work. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Pink Nines
$6.00
Pink Nines  

'Pink Nines' is an outstanding Spring flowering Sweet Pea with large wavy pink flowers. Up to nine flowers per stem! Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Pisum elatius
$6.00
Pisum elatius  

The original Sweet Pea is bicoloured, with the standard petal darker than the wings. All subsequent bicolours followed this pattern. Many years ago, I saw Pisum elatius which caused me to see if I might produce "reverse bicolour" Sweet Peas, where the standard is paler than the wings. Edible and beautiful in its own right. Stock limited. 10 seed per packet. Sow Spring-Summer.

Porlock
$6.00
Porlock  

'Porlock' is a newly introduced Sweet Pea that has a maroon standard and purple wings that are strongly marbled (veined). In this type of sweet pea, light passing through the standard petal gives an effect similar to that of a stained glass window. Porlock has an unusually broad circular standard petal. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Route 66
$6.00
Route 66  

'Route 66' is an updated version of 'Renaissance', which was the first modern pink and white bicolour. Good in the garden and can hold it's own on the show bench. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Signpost
$6.00
Signpost  

'Signpost' is a striking lavender/pink and white bicolour. Five blooms per stem. 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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