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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 19:44

Can we transfer to this thread now folks

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 19:40

Hi, folks

As we know there has been a ‘Growing Sweet Peas’ thread containing 57 pages & over 1100 replies running here for a long time, resulting in difficulty being experienced in finding useful information. With this in mind, I’m starting this one which will hopefully run during the current season.


Autumn is almost with us and is a time when many sweet pea growers like to sow their seed……preferably sometime from mid, to late October, depending on the weather.

You will need:

  1. Seed: The seed of your choice, please buy the best you can afford. My own preference is for ‘Eagle Sweet Peas’, although there are several excellent companies out there.

  2. Compost: Although some will recommend a general purpose compost, I prefer compost that has been specifically formulated for sowing seed, as it contains less nutrients… own choice is Arthur Bowers, John Innes Seed compost….this being loam based.

  3. Root Trainers: or grow-tubes. Sweet peas are very deep rooted and require deep pots which will have to accommodate them for about 4 months.

  4. Cold-frame: or other suitable protection. But remember sweet peas are extremely hardy and will cope with temps of -10c happily.



Camera Corner

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 15:27

 Whole hazelnut.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 15:20

Yes, I suppose this thread is starting to get a tad top heavy now, although I've never minded repeating stuff over.

I'll start another one later....just a little busy at the mo.


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 09:27

Yviestevie, I think the information on Eagle's webpage re not watering directly from a hose, is intended for the seed to planting-out stage or during cold weather.

Once the plants are well established & during summer temperatures, watering from a hose will be fine.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 09:13

The flowering period does rather depend on care and prevailing weather conditions including picking/dead heading, watering etc and would guess the setback in August may reflect some lapse in care. Having said that, I would expect that the flowering of Feb sown plants would now be coming to an end. 

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 08:57

Pleased to hear that, Yviestevie and that the service was up to expectations.

I'm sure you'll have a wonderful display next year.

Camera Corner

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 21:51

Yes, Chatsworth offers some great opportunities for anyone with a camera.

Not sure if the second pic was worth the changes. 

Camera Corner

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 21:34



 Here we go, with a couple of minutes fiddling.

Note, changed it to b&w.


Camera Corner

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 21:24

 I've resized the above cloud shot, so it can be enlarged.

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