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Albutt Blue Sweet Pea Seedling Plants

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The details

  • Colour: palest blue/white and navy
  • Stem: long, straight, not thick
  • Height: up to 1.8 m
  • Type: Semi-Grandiflora
  • Scent: outstanding - the best
  • Flowering: May to August
  • Planting Months: March-June
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Albutt Blue Sweet Pea

A semi-grandiflora, Albutt Blue combines the advantages of the Spencer sweet pea varieties having long, straight stems for cutting and bigger, often wavy, flowers of which there may be many per stem, along with the Grandiflora strength of tremendous vigour and a fantastic fragrance. Albutt Blue is a picotee sweet pea which means that it has a rim of dark colour (in this case navy blue) elegantly outlining the edge of its palest lavender-blue petals accentuating their natural wave. This neat conceit is very attractive. Albutt Blue is arguably the sweet pea with the most outstanding fragrance of all and grows to about 180 cm; - tall enough for most purposes. A great addition to our range of sweet peas..

Our Sweet Peas are delivered in purpose-designed, recycled cardboard packaging, and are ready to be planted out when you get them.
We generally send them out between March and May, but we will email you with the likely delivery timescale once you have placed your order.

A Kind of Blue

The picotee rim invites you to grow other sweet peas with Albutt Blue to home in on its ambidextrous colouring. We think Lord Nelson will definitely pick Albutt Blue up by the bootstraps and both will benefit. Otherwise, have a look through the rest of our range of sweet peas for more inspiration. Don't just relegate your sweet peas to the cutting garden and especially not Albutt Blue because that smell is unforgettable. Albutt Blue is not too big and as a grandiflora its flowers emerge from top to toe. Consequently, Albutt Blue would look fantastic planted in a pot - put the support in first! - and grown on a terrace so that you can enjoy all of that scent. The only caveat is that you have to keep watering.....but it is so worth it in this case. Otherwise, sweet peas can happily intertwine with other climbers up a pergola or some such and why not Albutt Blue using your wisteria as a frame? Never forget that being leguminous they actually extract nitrogen from the air and fix it in the soil ready for your other plants to use so they are an enormously positive addition.

Albutt Blue Sweet Pea Features

  • Colour: palest lavender blue/white and navy edge
  • Stem: long, straight, not thick
  • Height: 1.8 m
  • Type: Semi-Grandiflora
  • Scent: outstanding - the best
  • Flowering: May to August
  • Planting Months: March-June
All or nothing

Albutt Blue is not a pun on the flower being mainly not blue but it was actually raised by a Mr Harvey Albutt. Eagle Nurseries had the good sense to sell it commercially in 1999 and it has remained top of the sweet pea pops since then.

Cultivation Instructions

Sweet Peas do best in well worked, moisture retentive soil. Adding organic matter really makes a difference and is best done the autumn before. But on the day is very much better than not at all. Your plants will do best in open ground, but you can get good results planting Sweet Peas in window boxes and pots of sufficient size - allow at least 3 litres per plant and remember that these are quite deep-rooted plants. In containers, the ideal planting mix is 50% compost, 40% topsoil and 10% well-rotted manure. Ordinary potting compost is OK, but you will get fewer flowers.

A range of supports can be used from twiggy branches to willow wigwams to posts with netting stretched between. Whatever you use, do the construction work before planting. Think about the position - Sweet Peas can cope with a little shade but flower better in full sun.

Space plants about 10-15 cm apart and about 5 cm from their support. The hole should be deep enough to plant the full length of the rootball and allow enough so the soil finishes level with the lowest pair of leaves. Check to make sure they are climbing well every week or so, as they grow quickly. Tie into their supports if not.

Sweet Peas biggest need is for water -  they are incredibly thirsty plants. So water well after planting and make sure they never completely dry out. They are greedy too so you will lengthen their flowering period if you give them a high potash and phosphate fertiliser every 7-10 days once buds begin to form. Home-made comfrey liquid is perfect or Tomorite will do - especially if you are on a sandy soil.

Cut the flowers as they develop pick them, otherwise, they run to seed and stop flowering.