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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 19:35

You're welcome, Carly.

Since I posted my last reply, I've taken a peek  at your profile (I'm lusting after your greenhouse) it seems we both live in the same county, so i'll take that into account.

Most probably your Jan sowings will be still flowering for the big day, but I would hedge my bets if I were you.

Now did someone mention a big match about to kick-off??????

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 10:10

Hi again, Carly

Actually I recommended 6X as a substitute for farmyard manure, but this was in respect of preparing the growing site in the autumn.

Prior to planting out at this time, I would just use good compost (preferably homemade) to prepare your beds, with the addition of bonemeal....when they start flowering, feed with a high potash feed.

Depending where you live we can start planting them out anytime now. Just keep an eye on the weather forecast and try to plant them out when we have a few frost-free nights....this is to enable to recover from the transplant before having to face cold weather again.

Btw, remember what I said earlier, they really don't like cold icy winds.

Glad you mentioned your daughters wedding. I'ts quite likely these autumn sown plants will have finished flowering by then (certainly past their best) But all is not lost, just sow some seed in situ now...these should be at their peak by late August and last through until the first frosts.


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 21:20
Bunnysplanet wrote (see)
I usually start mine later but planning to start this weekend/next week . I would have thought best in the house to start as very cold very still , I am surprised at how hardy these sweet pea seedlings are sounding .


Remember, they will not stand the cold biting east winds we're getting in the UK at present.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 09:23
debra kazalski wrote (see)

HI David ,should i water them while they are in the cold frame?They look a little dry. Ta Deb

Yes, Debra....not too much and as I've said previously not during hard frosts.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 22:27

" I have also bought a sweet pea planter from morrisons the dwarf kind that goes into hanging baskets etc. When should I sow them?"

I always think they are best sown in situ about mid-March.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 20:16

Good question, cairnsie.

First of all we must remember that they are very hardy, so cold weather isn't going to bother them if they have been raised in a clodframe or similar. But of course it would be sensible to let them get established before the onset of any choose an open spell of weather.

I will mention here, that although I've never lost SPs through frost, I have in cold biting winds....and as it happens, that's just what we're getting locally at the mo.

So I would suggest keeping an eye on the weather.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 19:42

Hi, Chicky.....I plant the whole rootball complete with the two plants. That's for just for cut flowers, if they were for showing, that would be a different matter.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 19:36
debra kazalski wrote (see)

Hi David The temps at night are approx -1 and daytime approx 5  Thanks Deb


They'll be quite happy with that, Debs.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 10:11

Hi,'s rather important not to subject them to too much artificial heat & light at this stage and I would suggest you put them into your coldframe now.

You say 'It is cold here', what kind of night time temps are we talking?

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 19:29

Hello, Moby.

I wouln't be concerned about those sweet peas. Certainly don't pot them on, the root disturbance will do more harm than good.

Just nip out the growing tips & plant them outdoors in a couple of weeks time...try to make sure we have a few frst-free nights immediately after planting out.

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