Garden Tips

Plant and care for vetches - that's how it's done


They look like wild orchids and smell wonderful: the sweet peas. Read here how to properly plant and care for these beautiful flowers.

Vetches are very similar to orchids

Every year in the summer months, when the garden air is filled with the scent of sweet peas (hence the name sweet pea), every gardener's heart will be happy. Especially since the vetches are available in various heights and in a colorful range of colors (white, red, violet and pink, sometimes even multi-colored). And there are even small vetches here, which are also suitable for planting window boxes and tubs.

So that you can enjoy the look and smell of the vetch at all times, you must also plant and care for it properly. We will now explain how this is done.

Plant vetches properly

Prefer seeds:

Vetches are brought up via seeds, which you can harvest yourself from the flowers in late summer. Already in early spring (from around March) this seed can be used to grow the small plants on the window sill. To do this, you just have to put individual seeds about 5 centimeters deep in the soil and care for them on the windowsill. Soak the seeds in lukewarm water for one night in advance. This makes cultivation even better.

Direct sowing outdoors:

From April you can also spread the vetch seeds directly outdoors, although you should then enrich the soil with sufficient compost. Vetches are hardy plants, which is why they can be planted in front of the ice saints. And you can also easily move the plantlets that have been brought up to the window sill to a height of 10 centimeters.

Site selection:

Vetches all love a moderately sunny to partially shady spot, so that their bloom can develop fully. Preference is given to humus-rich, slightly calcareous soils, which significantly influence the growth of the sweet peas.

And because tall vetches can climb up to 2 meters, you should support the plants. For example, trellis spirals or trellis give more hold.

Grooming vetches

Casting / fertilizing:

The vetches, which bloom from June to September, always need sufficient irrigation water so that they can thrive optimally. And you should not save money even with repeated fertilizers, because this is the only way to achieve abundant flowering.

Promote flowering:

The vetch is also ideal as a cut flower. If you always remove wilted stems quickly, you will be rewarded with a double bloom.