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HI David its Debra will be needing your advice soon.It is almost time to start my sweet peas.May I add that your advice was always given most graciously,speedy and helpful. Will speak soon!
Hi, Debra....always ready & willing to offer what help I can.
I didn't grow sweet peas last year and missed them. I like to grow them in one colour and by mid summer I have a wigwam of white flowers and another of red. Always go for scented too.
As an experiment I compared autumn with spring sown sweet peas for a few years and I concluded early spring sown were best. They grew without any check in growth. Autumn sown seemed to produce more foliage too...??
I always pinch back shoots.....does anyone find this makes a real difference though?
Far from an expert on sweet peas....know nothing of varieties, for example.....but usually germination is rapid without any form of chitting, etc.
What do you all think are the best scented varieties?
Forgive me please. Being a new boy on the forum, I am attempting browse as many threads as possible. Sad to say. My eyesight is giving me hell at the moment, so time spent reading is very limited.
I spotted David K's post on Lathyrus. Sweet peas. Immediately my mind flashed back many years. During my early days in horticulture and advanced studies. Some of the 'Expert Advice' of the day. To grow sweet peas. Take out a trench two spades wide and a spit deep. Lay down a good amount of horse hair. In brckets. This can be reclaimed form old armchairs and sofas. Tell that to todays gardeners. They will probably end up with tears of laughter............running down their legs Just a thought from the past,.
grandad started his seeds off in 10s of woodbine packets . nowt else will do lad .
Verdun - The main advantage of autumn sown sweet peas is the fact that they produce blooms much earlier (mid to late May) than those sown at other times.....although they do cease flowering earlier too.
Re fragrance, (as with roses) the older varieties such as Spencer's have the strongest scent.
Hi, Tracy...yes, put them in your cold greenhouse when they have germinated, but try to do it when there no severe frosts......deffo not outside in their final quarters. Once they've acclimatised they will tolerate very low temperatures.
Depending on the temperature of where they are now, they will take between 7 & 21 days to surface.
Depending how these progress, you may well wish to sow more in another couple of weeks or so.
This isn't an ideal time i.e. light levels besides temperatures, for sowing.....10c would be the ideal temperature for sowing.
I haven't seen those posts you mention, but of course, the mice are really only interested in the seed... not the seedlings.
New greenhouse.....exciting times!
My seeds were sown a few days back. Germinating now.
My usual method is to move them to cold conservatory, to prick out into individual pots In a couple of weeks and to pinch out when grown a couple of inches.
David, I know seeds should be individually sown directly in tubes. however, in practice I'm not convinced sweet peas are affected by being pricked out. What do you reckon?
Verdun - I sow my seed two to the pot and plant them out without separating them.....this is for cut flowers rather than for exhibition.
You mentioned varieties earlier, my own preference is for picotee types, although it's a personal preference thing.
Tracy - Good luck & keep in touch if you need anymore help.
Well done, Tracy....into the cool as soon as you can.
As a matter of interest, these are some 'picotee' sweet peas I grew last year.....from the Eagle's ''Fancy Collection'.
Probably a week will be just right, Tracy....but remember, warmth = leggyness.
Remind me again, when did you sow the seed?