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Sweet Pea Matucana (Lathyrus)
Matucana is an old-fashioned type, with deep purple and red flowers with a good tolerance to the summer heat, making it a good patio addition. An interesting fact about this variety is that it was originally found in Peru around 1543.
Kings seeds recommend sowing seeds into a good quality seed sowing compost and water only with tap water . Do not use butt water as this can contain harmful pathogens , resulting in poor germination.
Product Part Number: 76738
When to sow
WHEN TO SOW
September to April
WHERE TO SOW
September sowings in flowering site 2cm (3.4") deep. Later sowings in pots 5 seeds in each. October and November sowings in a cold frame. January sowings in a heated glasshouse. March sowings in a cold frame. April sowings direct to flowering site.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
Glasshouse raised seedlings should be hardened off during March. Plant out pot grown seedlings in the flowering site 15cm (6") apart in April. Thin direct sown seedlings to 10cm (4") apart. Pick flowers regularly to encourage new growth.
Late June to September
Provide sturdy support for plants. after a good rain a mature plant will be heavy.