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HI David i love sweet peas and usually grow them every year with success.however last year i sowed 2 lots and they both got eaten by pigeons i think. This year i sowed in greenhouse a bit late, planted out about 3 weeks ago so still quite small, i put up a wig wam of canes and put plastic bottles with top and bottom cut off over each cane to plant sweet peas into to protect from the dreaded pigeons i also draped netting round. so no pigeon dammage however half of plants are growing well but half seem to be yellowing and not growing. Any idea what i did wrong?

Thanks David Will try liquid seaweed. It has been rather wet here in North Manchester!

hollie hock

Hi David,

I moved here in Dec 2010, this is my first garden. On clearing up during Jan/Feb 2011, found a leggy thing but decieded to leave it as I didn't know what it was. Turned out it was an everlasting Sweetpea and it flowered great last Summer.

When it died back I just cut it off near to ground, thinking that it would come back of it's own accord. I haven't seen anything of it this year.

Does this mean that it's dead? I've been growing some other everlasting from seed, some have been planted out, others are still in their pots.

Any information/advice whould be great. Thanks

hollie hock

Hi David, Thanks for your quick response- that's what I thought sadly.

Very strange though,may be they've been damaged by vine weavils.  They were very useful to provide a bit of a screen and I had planned to grow some of  the annual types with them.These I'm pleased to say are growing well, but no flowers yet.

The other everlasing that I'm growing are going to be used to cover a gap in a hedge, with the annuals growing in between them.

Thanks again


Hi thanks for starting the thread, mine are Spring sown and are about 3 1/2 inches tall should I pinch the tops out, i will take some photos tomorrow and post, thanks.


That's great thanks for getting back so quick, I'll pinch them out tomorrow.

David, generous thought to start this thread.

Can I ask you about feeding?  Mine at the moment are coming up to 3ft high, stems and leaves only as yet.  Usually they start to bloom when they reach about 5ft and upwards.  In previous years I've fed them liquid tomato feed round about this stage prior to flowering and fed them about every 10 days thereafter. 

BUT - now we're having continual rain and if it continues for another week or so, is it wise to continue feeding.  Last feed was about 10 days ago.

Anything you would suggest?   Thank you.

That's ok, I think just getting one flower would be an achievement this year ????. I don't know why I struggle with them. I can grow most other things but sp seem to just cause me trouble, thanks again ????.
Thanks for photos. I think I was a bit timid when pinching out my winter 2011 sowings,, it was the first year I'd grown sweetpeas and took the advice re pinching out growing 'tips' to heart. As a result my plants are plentiful but spindley. I'll be braver this year!
Well quick update, I've pinched them out like the pictures, and they are looking really good. I've given them a feed, no yellow leaves like last time, all looks promising.
Shrinking Violet

Mine are doing pretty well, David, considering the awful weather.  They are grown in deep troughs, enriched with "6X" manure, and they seem to like it.  I had too many seedlings, and gave some to my next door neighbour, and hers are nothing like as good, despite being but a few yards away, and having the same aspect.  The only real problem I have is lack of perfume.  It seems to be quite a problem, since I've spoken to many others in the village, and no matter which SPs they are growing, they are all reporting disappointing perfume.  We are all assuming it's to do with the poor weather.