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I have buds on my sweet peas! Hurrah! Only...a few of the clusters of buds look a bit droopy, should they?

Dovefromabove

The first flowers on my spring sown sweet peas 


 


 

KEF

Dove, lovely. I've been waiting since 8am for these pics

Orchid Lady

Lovely Dove, aren't they pretty  In my mix selection from Wilkos a really vivid pink has flowered today, almost a neon pink, very unusual I thought for a sweet pea and very pretty 

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lovely, i go out every morning but flowers still a day or 2 away

Orchid Lady

Once they start Louise there's no stopping them 

Daisyheadcase

Lovely sweet peas Dove, mine are ages away, I only put them in their final pots at the weekend.  The second one is gorgeous.

Orchid Lady


Here are a few of mine.  I'm hoping the bees they are attracting will start paying some attention to my courgettes as they are on the veg patch and not doing as well as the ones I have just brought out of the GH.  Every time I walk to my GH I am met with the scent of the sweet peas, it's beautiful 

The pink ones in the middle are the ones I mentioned last night.

o.l they're lovely well done, hope mine catch up by weekend, forgot to say werll done on cucumber, it looked yum, i'm afraid i bought a tiny plant and left  it out when we had all that rain, it drowned

David K
rosemummy wrote (see)

I have buds on my sweet peas! Hurrah! Only...a few of the clusters of buds look a bit droopy, should they?

 

Absolutely no problem, rosemummy, it's perfectly normal.

Nice SPs Dove  OL....and Dove, you managed it without any help from me.

Dovefromabove

I've had my eyes open and my ears pinned back David 

David K
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

I've had my eyes open and my ears pinned back David 


You're far too modest, our Dove.....you have no need any advice from me, I'm sure.

Btw, can't do smileys on this pc I'm on.

Hi,

My sweet pea plants always seem to go brown and ugly at the bottom.  Would there be a reason for this?


 

I enclose a photograph (Sorry, the photo is rotated 90 degrees!)

Peter

David K

Hi, Peter...sorry for taking so long to reply.

There are quite a few reasons why your SPs are as you describe. The first suspect is overwatering, especially during cool weather....this can cause root-rot.

Also, sweet peas need a fairly neutral soil, maybe yours is acid or alkaline?

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Hi David,

Many thanks.  They were probably watered rather too much at the when they were planted out, so that maybe it.

I have also ordered a soil testing kit.  Is there stuff you can add to the soil to may it more neutral.

Many thanks

PS - Went to Wisley (RHS) last Sunday.  If you get a chance to go to the Sweet Pea trial fields, they are fantastic.

David K

Hi, Peter

I think I was probably right. It's just while they're getting established we need to be careful about watering, they don't like standing in cold wet soil.

Regarding your soil pH, there are steps you can take, but it isn't critical and maybe the soil test should be done first.

Thanks for the info about Wisley trial fields....I haven't visited them.

Btw, I shall be at Wem (Shropshire) on the 19th July for their annual SP show, if anyone would like to say hello.  

Orchid Lady

There is nothing better at the end of tiring day than sitting with a cup of tea at my kitchen table whilst 'chatting with friends' and enjoying the beautiful fragrance of my sweet peas 

Orchid Lady


 Yes I know my supports need to be higher, it's my weekend job 

David K

Snot the supports wots bothering me......they need cutting, even if you throw them on the compost heap.