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08/08/2014 at 10:55

Wasn't around much yesterday, OL.... hence my late response. Just wanted to say what a beautiful sample of sweet peas you posted and I'm pleased you've noticed the difference with quality seed.

I would readily agree about the decrease in scent with the newer varieties,  this applies to many species of flowers that have been developed for other aspects. Fortunately there are still lots of SPs to choose from that still have lots of scent.

 

20/09/2014 at 14:31

Hello all.

Is it too soon to sow next year's sweet peas? I want to try an early batch this year.

Thanks.

20/09/2014 at 14:57

Yes, ommthree. Give it about another month.....otherwise they'll go into the winter too advanced.

20/09/2014 at 15:03

Thanks David!

20/09/2014 at 16:38

You read my mind ommthree, I was going to ask that because either new GW mag came today with the free seeds saying to sow.......what I always forget is that it's next months mag!!!  Thanks David for clarifying 

20/09/2014 at 16:55

....I would add, that it's always advisable to keep an eye on the prevailing weather. We may have an nippy autumn or still be in this very mild spell. Ideal sowing temps would be around 10/15C, once the seed has germinated it can then be as cold as it likes. 

No soaking, no chipping, no propagators and definitely NO CODDLING!   

20/09/2014 at 18:00

No coddling David.....promise 

20/09/2014 at 18:35

Hi Folks,

Ive been growing sweet peas for three years with mixed results.  I want to get quality seed for next year and start them in the Autumn.  I like most colours (except bright red)  I want them to look good but they must smell georgeous.  I could use the freebies in the mag but if there is something better out there then I would like to buy it.  Can you advise me on a good supplier and varieties that would fit the bill.  Im keen to make sure I dont repeat mistakes so that I get a really good show next year (weather permitting)

20/09/2014 at 19:00

Hi, Yviestevie, you pays your money takes your choice of course, but your on the right track by understanding that quality seed = quality flowers.

To meet your requirements, I would suggest the 'Chelsea Seed Collection' by Eagle Sweet Peas. http://www.eaglesweetpeas.co.uk/gallery.php?g=4

There are other specialists out there such as Matthewmans, but my own preference is for Eagle SPs for consistent quality & service. 

20/09/2014 at 21:32

Thanks for the recommendation David.  Ive ordered a packet of seeds.  They provide some good cultivation information too, so fingers crossed I'll have more success this year.

20/09/2014 at 21:36
Yviestevie wrote (see)

Thanks for the recommendation David.  Ive ordered a packet of seeds.  They provide some good cultivation information too, so fingers crossed I'll have more success this year.

 

You're welcome, Yviestevie......was this from Eagle, if so, what did you choose? 

20/09/2014 at 21:40

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/DSCN0907.jpg

 

20/09/2014 at 21:47

Yes it was Eagle, I went for the Chelsea collection just my kind of colours. Hope the perfume is good.

20/09/2014 at 21:59
Yviestevie wrote (see)

Yes it was Eagle, I went for the Chelsea collection just my kind of colours. Hope the perfume is good.

 

Ah, good  I thought the 'Chelsea Collection' seemed to fit the bill, but wasn't  sure about quantity of seed & price you were thinking of.

Be assured, their perfume won't disappoint.

20/09/2014 at 22:20

Well its probably more seed than I need but the colours are perfect.

20/09/2014 at 22:22

Oh Yvie, I wish I'd know, I am posting my spare seeds tomorrow and I have some eagle seeds, I bought far more than I need 

20/09/2014 at 23:19

Never mind OL, Ive ordered now, but thanks for the offer.  Maybe next year we can pool resources and share a packet.  They are expensive but I'm hoping for good things. Which variety did you go for.

21/09/2014 at 07:44

I would just say, that SP seed will keep for another year or even longer......best remember (as with all seed) the germination rate decreases the older it is.

21/09/2014 at 09:28

Before someone reminds me, I must add to my previous post, that SP seed will remain viable for several years if stored properly i.e. stored in an airtight tin & kept in a cool place, such as a unheated garage.

The fact remains that all seeds germination rate decreases with age.

21/09/2014 at 10:34

I sowed a packet of Help for Heroes s.p's this year which were use by 6/11 and more than half germinated. Only got blues and whites though, the reds must be the weak ones

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