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23/04/2013 at 11:07

I planted Everlasting Sweetpeas early March which are still sitting on my indoor windowsill. They are doing well and are about 6/8" tall but spindley. Should I pinch the tops and if so how? They each have around 5 lots of 2 leaves. Any help gladly appreciated!

23/04/2013 at 11:22
To pair buds to at least half that height. Finger n thumb or sharp scissors
23/04/2013 at 11:28

Ok Verdun, here goes, never done this before and it feels sooo wrong! Will this make them bush out?

23/04/2013 at 15:45

It'll be fine, don't worry! And yes, they should bush out a little after their trim, especially now the warmer weather SEEMS to be finally upon us.  I have literally just planted seeds of peas, french beans and sweet peas; having moved house over Easter I was a little scared of tiny seedlings getting lost in transit.  Fingers crossed for yours x

23/04/2013 at 17:14
Georgie5 has said it all. Your sweet peas will be fine, bushy and flo..flori...folariforous.......full of flower in the summer
23/04/2013 at 17:46

I wonder if someone could help me, I sowed my Everlasting sweetpeas 2 years ago and they only flowered in the second year, what did I do wrong?

23/04/2013 at 18:14
Are they still to be seen? Were they maybe a little too cold n wet? Did snails visit them?
23/04/2013 at 18:39

The main thing to consider with sweet peas is that they are cool-season annuals.

23/04/2013 at 18:57

Sorry I did not explain myself clearly, they grew quite happily but never flowered until the second year. I seem to have this problem quite a lot and wondered if it was common enough for someone to have a list. Sadly cold and wet summers I cannot control even in sunny Cornwall.

Stephen I hope that these are perennials

23/04/2013 at 19:10

Well they're all done and sitting pretty, after their trim on the windowsill. When's the best time to put them in the ground. I live in Mid Wales if that helps?

23/04/2013 at 19:24
Hello Loz
Wait just few more days for bit of growth then plant out
Yes I assumed you had perennial sweet peas. They should flower every year
23/04/2013 at 19:31

Thank you Verdun, have you ever found an everlasting with a fragrance?

Loz I would not plant out untill they are strong enough to cope with blackbirds digging up my garden and my plants, good luck.

24/04/2013 at 09:43

Chris, I'm no expert but from everything I've read the perennial sweet peas do not have a fragrance. You could mix a few annuals in so you do get that wonderful smell.

Where is David K? He is the sweet pea expert

25/04/2013 at 19:39

Bev thanks for the advice, just hoping.

28/04/2013 at 11:38

Morning all! I am taking your advice and cutting my sweetpeas back to about the fourth pair of leaves today as they are looking a little straggly. Would you wait till new, bushy growth is seen before planting out or will they be ok if I get on and plant them out today straight after pinching out?


01/06/2013 at 13:15

Hey all, my sweet peas are coming along nicely. I had more seedlings thababy boo canes so I gave a few to the feller next door. But should I have one plant per cane? Would hate to grow too close together and have them come down with mildew.

02/06/2013 at 10:01

Whoops! Bamboo canes not baby boo canes ????

02/06/2013 at 12:19

Mine are now growing nicely


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