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Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 21:45

Hi, Tesni

I think probably warmth rather than light was the problem. Pinch out the growing tips and they'll probably be okay.

Talkback: How to summer-prune wisteria

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 19:27

I wrote this a long time ago and still have it on file:

 

"Wisterias can be left unpruned where space allows, but flower more freely if pruned in summer and winter to build up a spur system.

August: Shorten-back current season’s shoots to 30cm (12in). This allows more sun to get to the wood, encouraging flower-bud formation.

February: Shorten-back the summer-pruned shoots to within 2.5-5cm (1-2in) of older wood or two to three buds. It should be possible now to distinguish the plumper flower buds from the slimmer growth buds.

Long, whippy shoots that grew after the summer pruning should also be pruned. Cut these back to five or six buds from the main branch, making the cut just above a bud."

 

I think that's the general gist of it!

 

 

 

 

It's my birthday

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 09:14

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/birthday%20cake_zpsri6kbibo.jpg

 

Happy Birthday, KEF.....wishing you a fantastic day. xx

Sweet Pea Dilemma

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 18:21

Ah well, it was still a splendid amaryllis whoever grew it.

I think you'll find this forum has a less draconian approach than the old beeb boards and (by and large) has  a very friendly & helpful bunch of members.

 

Sweet Pea Dilemma

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 16:29

Thanks, Lyn...I've looked at the T & M site and TBH I thought the advice was about right, apart from the propagator, plastic bag and 'misting' bits.

Constant, nice to see you here....pleased my memory is still intact.

I may be wrong, but I have faint memories of you posting a pic of a rather splendid amaryllis, with a snowy backdrop on the old BBC boards......you'll correct me if I'm wrong.   

PS, congratulations on now having two ankle biters and a big garden.

Sweet Pea Dilemma

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 11:13

PS. I would be interested to know the source of your seed, via a PM if possible.

Sweet Pea Dilemma

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 11:08

Hi, Constant....the name seems familiar.

Without seeing those instructions in detail its not easy to make a reasoned reply....but first thoughts are just waffle.

First of all it isn't necessary to soak the seed, alas, if you have already done it, it will do no harm.

Your seed will require a maximum of 10c (50f) to germinate after that they will cope with temperatures as low as -10c......any form of warmth is solely to initiate germination.

For me, no propagator or plastic bag.....and misting!   

Plan 3 seems your best option.

Good luck.

Btw, you can always ask questions on the other thread, if you can't find what you need.  

 

 

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 10:41

Yes, that would work okay, rm.....but at this time of year you'll be gaining very little in terms of early flowers. If you wait another couple of weeks you could sow the seed in situ and save some of your valuable time.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 19:29

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/Wem/P7180010.jpg

 For anyone who likes dark coloured sweet peas, I can recommend this one named 'Winsor'.

Earliest gardening memories?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 19:18

"My Dad always double dug his veg garden and grew fantastic vegatables."

I still do that, Runny, as did my own dad & granddad.....double dig, I mean, sometimes known as 'bastard trenching' and I can well understand how it got its name. 

 

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