Flower of the week: The lovely Sweet Pea

This week’s buying tip is the Lathyrus, or Sweet Pea. Its sweet scent, charming colour pallet, and seasonal character make this flower very suitable to sell during summer.

The Lathyrus belongs to the legume family (Leguminosae) and is a relative to the pea. This relation, and its obvious sweet scent formed the English name for the Lathyrus; Sweet Pea. It is an annual climber, and when grown properly, they can reach impressive heights, up to 6,5 feet tall! When we visited a Lathyrus grower, we were astonished by the endless rows of green crops with bright coloured flowers within. If you ever have the opportunity to visit one, please do. Aside from the impressive sight, you’ll also smell its lovely sweet scent throughout the greenery.

The Lathyrus is widely available now, and will be until the end of July. The white varieties will be available for a longer period of time.

Care tips
Sweet peas quickly get dehydrated, so always put them in water. Don’t put too much water in a vase or bucket; a maximum of 3cm should do, to prevent the flowers from blemish. Sweet peas are very sensitive to Ethylene, so please advise your customers not to put the flowers next to the fruit bowl. All of our exporters offer Lathyrus in the buying platform.