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That's excellent news David. Thank you very much. Feeling a lot more optimistic now.

By the way, I did plant the toilet rolls fully below the surface so hopefully that won't be a problem. Not sure where to source the proper root trainers from in this country (Switzerland).

That's a good question. I was also wondering how deep to plant out.

I guess they're not like tomatoes where you can bury a lot of stem with beneficial effects?


I've only grown sweet peas twice. First time in pots, 2nd time in loo rolls. The rolls were a mare!  Kept toppling over, rotted at bottoms whilst growing, didn't rot down in the garden and had to dig around the tops after planting and tear bits off.

David I can understand why people think they need cosseting they look so frail until they romp away.

Hundreds of posts on here, you are all certainly keen. Hope you all get great blooms.  Would love to see your photos later in the year.


I have always used loo rolls and/or very tall paper pots, unless I've run out and had to use 3"plastic pots. To stop them toppling, I pack them tightly into seed trays, as many as I can squeeze in, with a folded piece of newspaper between to differentiate types so that I only need to use one label for each type.

I plant them out deep, up to the first sideshoot, to make sure tops of pots buried. Peas of all kinds don't seem to mind this. I've had no probs with the pots rotting down, or collapsing too soon, although I have had strange fungi grow on the loo rolls occasionally (perhaps the glue used?). The fungi seemed to have no effect on the plants at all, I scraped them off and carried on. Last yr I was cutting into Nov. Got a good vaseful before I pulled them out, then. I can't sow direct due to mice eating the blinking lot!

Edd, many plants will do this. The bit where buds or sideshoots come out are called 'nodes', and they have a more concentrated amount of growth hormone in them, which is why we cut closely beneath one before inserting cuttings into a growth medium. They can produce shoots or roots, depending on the conditions. I have done it many times with interior plants when my ex-boss wouldn't pay for new ones!  Although, I have to say I never thought of trying it with annuals. You know I have to try now, don't you?!

See, not only do you learn something new every day, you get new ideas to use what you already knew. What a great forum!


Thanks David, the colours that I love.  Let you into a secret I'm not fussed about sweetpeas, I spent more time deadheading than enjoying the perfume. I'm wearing my tin hat



David!!!i,m shocked!! I,ve just been out to check, 18seedlings planted out with 4 slug pubs,hort grit and eggshells,found 6 dead slugs in pubs! How often should I change beer,lager or top up?

Edd was reading caffeine sprayed on plants does kill slugs...would they have to eat the plant before this worked? Think you wrote this I old wives tales


I'm a complete newbie with sweet peas ( I have had some experience in my own garden with hardy shrubs) but I'd like to try grow and display sp at my wedding, 30th May next year. I have read that I need to plant seeds in autumn and keep cold until spring in order to get flowers in May, but would be grateful for any other advice anyone can give me. I think I might grow some spring plants this year as a trial (I appreciate that they will flower much later in the summer).

Thanks in advance
Thanks David for the very quick response, I have been going back through this thread to see the advice you have given others, and noticed a comment you had made re a wedding you assisted with. I truly hope I can use your knowledge and my inherited green fingers (from my late mum- my 'homegrown' flowers will be a tribute to her all being well!) to produce some beautiful displays.
Could you point me in the direction of the other forum you mentioned?

I certainly will have a look - I see 'eagles' are your supplier of choice. Do they supply to the public?


drowning plenty of slugs, only 1 seedling nibbled but recovering soi far, planted rest out now, fingers crossed, most getting more leaves so will pinch out shoots in next few days, really hope i get as many flowers as last year, 1 thing, at the end of august last year all my sweet peas got totally covered in greenfly, i ended up chopping them down it was so bad, david, how can i stop this?

ps what's cheapest beer/lager anyone found for murderous purposes!!

Orchid Lady

Aldi do a really cheap one Rosemummy that apparently isn't very nice, might be worth a try