David K

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Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 12:16

Hello, Crafty-Traveller, welcome to the forum.....what you heard is basically correct.

Your sweet peas, north facing/Edinburgh/containers, not ideal really.

Quite possibly its down to watering, but could also be some kind of mildew infection has caused this, although it's a little early in the season for that. They're also in pots and they don't like being in pots very much.

We have a poster named 'Fairygirl' who grows nice sweet peas and lives, like you north of the border.


Posted: 04/06/2016 at 11:46

Wonkey, Punckdock....although I don't feel the same dependence on the forum, I do empathise and if you're feeling lonely I think you should release yourself from this ban.......I'm sure pansy knows of your support and would understand. 

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Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 09:16

Dan - I was trying my best to support the general 48hr withdrawal from posting  (which I totally agree with)  as a protest against the shameful treatment of 'pansyface', a very valued and respected member of this forum.....however, I feel It important to reply asp to your post.

I see a few potential problems with your sweet peas (I'm presuming they're not a dwarf variety). First of all, I guess there are about a dozen or so plants in your pot, given the pot size, they should be reduced by half, otherwise they will strangle each other and lead to mildew problems later.

Bearing in mind that have the potential to grow to 2.5m tall, they will soon outgrow their existing supports. Perhaps you may wish to attach some kind of netting to the nearby fence, growing them up that......meantime they'll need a little help to direct them to the fence.

Good luck.


Posted: 03/06/2016 at 15:25
Lily Pilly says:

Interesting,  I can't follow the link and a scroll thro is showing nothing

logging out

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Posted: 03/06/2016 at 11:09

Although Daniel frowns at the mention of 'alternative forums', I'm afraid actions such as those under discussion will make that an increasing possibility.

If you don't hear from me again, I've been barred.

I'm out

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 09:10

It would seem to me that others, although they haven't announced it, have made the same decision.

"Now I've read some of the stuff about a member being blocked in a way that has caused her great distress for no apparent reason." If so, that is a very worrying development.

I wouldn't consider myself an addict, but I can well see myself looking in less often as summer approaches.

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 18:10

GD - (or anyone who it may apply)  As we move into summer with warmer days & nights watering becomes less critical......I would recommend a moisture meter (very cheap) for anyone who is struggling to get it right.

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 13:51

Sanjy & pp.....you'll get some very late (maybe late Sept) that you'll enjoy until mid-autumn.

Sanjy - cant quite understand the loo roll bit.....could have been sown in situ.

GD - this yellowing could be as a result of watering straight from the tap, or overwatering or a mixture of both.

 "I have a problem but I thought it too insignificant for the master's table." ....Gerroff!

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Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 11:23

I'm feeling rather redundant inasmuch as no one seems to have any sweet pea related problems, either that or they have become bored with the thread, or both.

Now I've said that, perhaps I can pre-empt a (soon to be encountered) problem that may well be seeking an answer.

So I'll mention bud drop. This usually happens at the start of the flowering period and is mainly caused by variation in temperature (hot days and cold nights). The buds turn yellow/green and fall off when touched.

There is not a lot that you can do about bud drop, you just have to wait until the weather settles and the nights get warmer. Do not feed plants until the buds start to set and flower. You can get this problem more than once in a season.

Bud drop can also be caused by watering with a cold hosepipe - use water that has stood for 24 hours if possible. Leave as much growth on as possible, including tendrils, until it passes.

For what it's worth, people who grow cucumbers may also be having wilting/yellowing of leaves, for similar reasons.


Cucumber wilting leaves

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 15:49

I may be wrong, but this may be neck rot....or a form of it and I think you're on the right track by suspecting low temperatures.

At this time of year when the days are fairly warm and the nights fairly cold, any water accumulating around the base of the plant will be ice cold overnight, quickly resulting in neck rot.

It helps to plant your plants on a little mound of soil and watering only around the base of this mound. 

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