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13/04/2014 at 21:30

Hi Everyone

Just wanting to find out about planting sweet peas in pots... what size pots do I need? Does anyone know? Do they need to be quite tall pots? What size diameter etc.?

Also, the same questions for hollyhocks???

Thanks so much

13/04/2014 at 21:40

Evening Kay

There is a sweet pea thread where an expert or two can answer your question 

Sweet peas can be grown in decent size pots though if soil is good.  I have grow them on a wigwam of canes in a large pot.

Hollyhocks, the traditional tall ones, would not be ideal for pots in my opinion.  Good luck though.

Hopefully this will push your question up on the  latest posts list 

13/04/2014 at 22:05

Thanks Verdun

13/04/2014 at 23:36

For sweet peas.  These plants tend to send down deep roots.  So a deep pot is required.  Some gardeners tend to go for grow tubes, such sa toilet roll centers.  Whatever method chosen.  If at the end of the day it works for you, then stick to it.  I practicality.  By far the best way to grow sweet peas is.  Forget the greenhouse and pots or tubes.  Sow direct.   Please watch the forum.  I will in time write a bit on the subject.

13/04/2014 at 23:42

Thanks Mike

14/04/2014 at 18:47
14/04/2014 at 21:59

So much to read there David K!! Haha! So, if I'm planting sweet peas to actually grow in pots... what size would I need?

14/04/2014 at 23:45

I would suggest, what is known as a long Tom.  Much like what you'd buy a rose bush in.  When planting out.  Don't seperate each plant.  Rather plant as one.  Plant close to a trellis or something that the can be climbed up.  The sweet peas will do the rest.

15/04/2014 at 08:57
Kay8 wrote (see)

So much to read there David K!! Haha! So, if I'm planting sweet peas to actually grow in pots... what size would I need?

Kay - 46cm (18in) deep if you can....something like those half-barrels would be good.

15/04/2014 at 10:23

Ok thanks both . I'll try and find some pots then.... how many to a pot would you say??

15/04/2014 at 10:36
Kay8 wrote (see)

Ok thanks both . I'll try and find some pots then.... how many to a pot would you say??

Well, that would rather depend on the size of the pot (says I who have never grown sweet peas in a pot in my life).....however, I have planted them in wigwams in the open ground and I've found spacing 15cm (6ins) apart works quite well.

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