|Lathyrus belinensis 'Goldmine'|
|The Belin Pea|
|This delightful sweet pea was discovered only in 1998, in Turkey. The flowers are no more than an inch across, yellow and orange with distinctive deep red veins. The leaves are attractive - small and reddish-green. The plant grows to only 3ft or so, making it a useful feature in hanging baskets and containers, where it can be allowed to tumble over the edges. Alternatively, provide support in the form of a wigwam of slender sticks or canes. The plant is scented, but unlike that of other sweet peas.
Plants, when offered, will have their tips pinched out and will be ready to plant outside.
|Sowing and/or growing instructions|
|Nick the seed coating and sow in spring under glass, half an inch deep (sweet peas need darkness to aid germination) in pots of compost, either singly, or several to a 3in pot, to be pricked out later. Keep moist. Pinch out growing tips when 3 or 4 true leaves have formed. Plant out in a sunny position in rich, moist, soil or compost, providing support in the form of wigwams or netting (unless you wish to treat them as a trailing plant in baskets). Much could be said on the subject of sweet pea growing, but I will mention only the bare bones here - that sweet peas need humus-rich soil, moisture, sunshine and feeding, and regular picking or dead-heading to encourage repeat flowering. Much more information can be found elsewhere online for those who wish to research the subject more thoroughly.|