Climber, much like the familiar sweet peas. Online sources conflict on the life cycle, but I figure it won't be back next year, so I'm enjoying it this year! Very rich purple flowers on plants climbing up our patio fence. The seed pods are interesting too, angular with burgundy ribs.
|soak, germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Started indoors in late March, they sport their first flowers in early June, and continue blooming through July.
This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...
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|Jun 15, 2005
|Interesting site. I specialise in growing Lathyrus and confirm that L.tingitanus is an annual. It is a hardy annual here with me on the Sussex coast of UK. This can mislead people into thinking it is perennial, when it self seeds and overwinters in their garden. I have grown it as a biennial but it does better from a Spring sowing. No need to nick or soak seed. I hope this is helpsful. I too have a site at www.rpsweetpeas.co.uk.
Thanks for the information and the link, Roger!
|May 25, 2011
|I bought my seeds in Holland in 2008 and brought them back here to Alberta, Canada. I tried growing some that year, but nothing. This year however, I soaked them and then put them into little peat pots in the window sill. They have started to germinate and I am hoping for some beautiful flowers this summer. I just hope they do well in our climate and hopefully I can get some more seeds of the plant.
- Seed from trade '03. Nicked with knife, soaked 24 hours. Baggy 70F (100%G, 3d)
- Seed from '04 garden. Nicked half of the seeds, soak all 24 hours. Baggy 70F (100%G, 4d)
- Seed from '05 garden. Soak 1d, baggy 70F (100%G, 4-8d)
- Seed from '06 garden. Soak 1d, baggy 70F (100%G, 3-6d)
Nicking appears not to be necessary, at least not with reasonably fresh seed.
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