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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 16:27

Ah, slight misunderstanding  the compost I had in mind in my previous post was homemade compost, well rotted leaf-mould or perhaps from a wormery etc.....seed, multipurpose or potting composts are quite a separate item.

Of course, you will know your own soil best and will able to feed it as required.  

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 11:04

Linzy - I'm sure what 'dine' compost is. However. as general rule the ground should be deeply dug incorporating as much compost/well rotted manure as possible....then a top dressing of bonemeal.

I've read Jeannie's interesting post and jolly informative it was too. I would just add that mildew will not be an issue in May, as it occurs later in the summer.....mostly prevalent during hot days and cold nights.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 09:25

Linzy - Non of my business of course, but having knowledge of family weddings, I'm wondering if you may not be too busy for this SP commitment. My previous lady grower was doing it for her daughter's wedding......just a thought!

As for this year's directly sown seed, perhaps best sown now or in another week or so...they won't germinate until the soil warms up a little.

This is a very showy Eagle collection:

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 23:09

You're welcome, linzy....minimum requirements would be a cold-frame and to be ready for the end of May would depend on some luck from the weather....the other wedding was in early June, although it was preceded by a cold winter & spring. Of course you would also need sufficient ground to accommodate the amount of plants you require.

The above picture was an entry at our village show.

There is still time to sow seeds in situ.  

Pinching out

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 22:21


You're nothing but lovely, Tracey!

Just those little shoots where the leaves meet the central stem to be removed until you want to stop it growing any higher.

Pinching out

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 22:11
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

So I don't pinch out when they have 2 true leaves like sweet peas? I think they are a bit small yet so will leave them until I repot and then pinch where necessary (I think!)

Bless you, Tracey, NO.

Presuming these are the ones intended to be grown in your greenhouse.....'Moneymaker' for instance? These will have only the side-shoots removed as they progress up their supports. When they reach the top of the supports or the roof, then AND ONLY THEN is the growing tip removed...pure & simple, this prevents it growing any higher.

It therefore follows if you take out the growing tip at any other time, they will be stunted and will not grow any taller.

I'd rather not complicate it any further, but in theory you could use the resulting side-shoots to train up the supports....but let's not go down that path.

Pinching out

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:34
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

 So I don't pinch out the ones that I have now then as they are indeterminate?

Pinch-out the side-shoots from intermediates (cordons) then pinch-out the growing tip when you decide you don't want them to grow any taller.....i.e. when they reach the top of the greenhouse.

Determinates, let them grow unrestricted.


Pinching out

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:11
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

That's exactly what I was trying to say David, but you put it so much better 


Pinching out

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:08

Determinate varieties of tomatoes, also called "bush" tomatoes, are varieties that are bred to grow to a compact height.

Indeterminate (sometimes called cordon) varieties reach heights of up to 10 feet although 6 feet is considered the norm.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 18:49

A SP table arrangement.


 Linzy - would be more than happy to help at the appropriate time.

I was fortunate inasmuch as the person I helped had, like you, gardening experience and was prepared to follow my suggestions to the letter......however she was tempted to pamper them at times.

Btw, you must have been very patient to have scrolled back to where I mentioned 'wedding sweet peas'....although I remember posting it, it seems way-back.

PS. The other forum was 'The Archers' messageboard, unfortunately it is now closed, alongside nearly all of them run by the Beeb. Having said that, I could let you have the email address of the lady in question if you contact me via a PM.

Edit: Yes, Eagle SPs are available to the public, but not the nursery itself.




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