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

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Aoraki
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$6.00
Aoraki  

SOLD OUT '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.

Bix
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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 Wonder
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$6.00
Blue Wonder  

'Blue Wonder' Not my raising, but possibly the nearest to blue Sweet Pea cultivar. Spring flowering. Approximately 25 seed per packet.

Enigma
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$6.00
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SOLD OUT '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.

Equinox
$6.00
Equinox  

'Equinox' is a mixture of Winter and Spring Flowering types, which will enable you to have flowers over a greatly extended season. A range of self and bicoloured types. Can be sowed year-round. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Harbinger
$5.00
Harbinger  

'Harbinger' is a Spring flowering sweet pea with a maroon standard and violet wings. Similar to but distinct from the colouring of the original sweet pea. Large flowers, five or six per stem. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Lunar Sea
$6.00
Lunar Sea  

SOLD OUT 'Lunar Sea' has pure cream wavy flowers, five to six on a stem. Moderate sized flowers, highly floriferous. This is a winter/spring flowering type. Cream is a good colour to blend with others. Approximately 25 seeds per packet.

Mahogany
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$6.00
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.

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.

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.

Piggy Sue
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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.

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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