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David K
figrat wrote (see)

http://www.eaglesweetpeas.co.uk/about_us.php

HI David, here's the Eagle Seeds stuff re sowing times. But I think it's maybe more appropriate for commercial growers? Tempted to try a few, just to see if I can get some blooming in my gh for April...

Ah, I didn't read that item, he does say late September and these are cordon grown and under cover until flowering.

Worth a try if you have the facilities, Figrat, although I would say be careful if you only have a small greenhouse...temperature fluctuations are amazing, even in the winter. Eagle's greenhouses & poly-tunnels are huge and don't suffer from these fluctuations.

I would add further that the plants referred to are grown for seed purposes. This seed is then send to New Zealand where (under contractual  arrangements) are grown on for seed production.....then it is imported back to the UK and this is in fact the seed you buy from them.

figrat

think i might give it a go as have ordered 50 cupanis so can experiment with 5 or so. Have 1 heated 8x6gh and a cold little leanto gh, the latter is mostly used over winter for dahlias etc

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figrat
Hi David,
Getting itchy fingers here - I guess still too early to start sowing for next year?
David K
figrat wrote (see)
Hi David,
Getting itchy fingers here - I guess still too early to start sowing for next year?

 Yes, just a little, figrat. Those 'itchy fingers' could be your worst enemy...it suggests lavishing care that sweet peas just don't need.

What we are looking for is a spell of weather when there is still enough warmth to germinate the seed (50F) then for cold weather to set in to stop them putting on growth. If we start too early, the seedlings will just put on too much growth & become weak and leggy.

If in doubt you could always germinate the seed indoors in November (say an unheated bedroom) then transfer them into a cold greenhouse or similar as soon as the poke through.

PS. I'll start the new thread for next year's sweet peas (as promised) shortly.

LisaJ

Is this the right place or is there another sweet pea thread on the go now?

I sowed some sweetpeas a couple of weeks ago and stuck them into  the greenhouse.  They've started to sprout (an inch at most).  Should they go outside now or should  give them another week or two to grow a little bit more?

David K

Dunno if there is anymore SP threads, but I can say that they need to kept as cool as possible once they have germinated, otherwise they will get leggy.

LisaJ

Ok, thanks, I'll stick them outside in the morning since it's dark now.  

LisaJ

Thanks, I saw that one after I'd posted and am catching up.

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