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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 16:42
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

I've always sown direct in the past - this year I'm trying an autumn sowing in root trainers - David, should I start them off on the kitchen windowsill untl they germinate and then put them outside in the coldframe, or will they be ok germinating out in the coldframe?

I'm growing Cupani for the scent.

They will germinate fine outside in your coldframe.

Autumn Colour

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 12:08

"Has anyone else got any Autumn colour to share?  "

I posted some some in  the 'Gallery' thread the other day.

Fork Handles

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 12:03
Insomnia1973 wrote (see)

Really? Gets a bit nippy at night though. But if that's what you recommend, I can do that!

Okay, perhaps there is a case for closing-up overnight until the first few surface, but after that left open day & night would be best.

Mine (sown about the same time) are in a cold greenhouse, as soon as they germinate they will be transferred to my brick coldframe with the top open day & night.

Fork Handles

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 11:31

If it were me, I would leave it open day & night, they get very warm when the sun's on them and we don't want weedy, drawn SP plants.

Fork Handles

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 11:17

Morning, Bex.....sunny, yes, hope you have the flap/door open on your min-greenhouse.

Autumn Colour

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 11:06

Beautiful, LtG....acers are lovely at this time.

Here's a couple I have:



Posted: 20/10/2012 at 09:52

Glad to hear the good news about Nigel, but it's also a long time since we last saw the pigs......should we be directing our concern towards them???


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 09:47

Hi, Jo4, for SP seed sowing purposes I consider you to be pretty well the same as me.

Good luck with your sowings, if they haven't surfaced in three weeks time, just bring them indoors until two or three have surfaced...then straight out into the posh coldframe again.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 09:35

Hi, Sarah

Regarding sweet peas becoming leggy, this is only a problem if the seeds are sown too early and are subjected to warmth in the early stages.The golden rule is (as I've said so often) 'don't coddle', they are extremely hardy & (once germinated) will tolerate quite severe frost without protection.

Pinching out is really intended as a method of encouraging them to bush out, rather than a answer to legginess, this is best done when your plants have two or three pairs of leaves.

 I would add that the uptake of water during winter is minimal, so keep them on the dry side and water only (if necessary) during frost free weather.

This is how they should look in say February & ready for pinching out:



Garden Gallery

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 21:22
Bev Pounsett-Krynauw wrote (see)

What wonderful colours David

You're welcome, Bev. I suppose you know that if you click on the pic, you get a larger & more realistic picture.

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