David K


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carnivorous plants

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 10:16

Welcome to the forum, Cangranmafixit (no relation of Jimmy Savile, I hope) ....I haven't a clue to be honest, but did find this via google:

"Compost.

Any carnivorous plant compost will be fine, even pure moss peat, though a bit of lime free sharp sand will give extra body. Trumpet Pitcher compost does contain Perlite ? the small white balls, which can look a little unsightly at first but soon blend in. The way to calculate how much you need is to work out the volume. Compost is measured in litres so you can just see how much water it will hold. Fill the containder to 50mm (2") below the top. This makes watering easier. Another aid to watering is a length of plastic pipe sitting vertically in the container 50mm (22) from the bottom. It should finish just proud of the compost and can then be used to water and to checlk the water level in the container. Evaporation can be reduced by mulching with good quality pine bark."

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 10:03

I think Tomorite is one capful per gallon (which is about 6 litre, I think)....just use half of a capful (or 1 capful per 12 litre) but apply it every day.

Liquid seaweed is also a good feed, but best considered a tonic, rather than a regular feed....you can overdo these things.

Quotes

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 09:28

"I'll tan your hide".....or is this just local?

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 09:25

Denno - when you grow using the decorative method (just for cut flowers) you just need to provide adequate support and leave them to ramble.

It has to be remembered that SPs are not a pretty plant as such, which is why I always grow mine on the veg patch.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 09:21

Oh dear, rosemummy  It could be many things, but as you suggested you may have planted too many plants, perhaps the stronger ones are stifling the weaker ones.....these weaker ones are perhaps  losing the battle for feed & water.

Just water with a half-strength tomato feed every day.

Sorry I can't be more helpful.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 22:10

Sorry, Lyn....just re-read my earlier post and understand what you mean.

By 'late spencer' I meant more recent introductions of Spencer varieties.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 22:06
Lyn wrote (see)

David is Late Spencer the strain of seeds

 

Not exactly sure what your question is, Lyn.

Spencer sweet peas were developed by gardeners (many years ago)  at Althorp House. Yes, the ancestral home of the late Princess Di.

I need hugs too....

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 21:09

Good to know, Lily....was thinking about you. xx

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 19:18
Annie2810 wrote (see)

Lovely pics. I didn't bother with SPs this year, but now wish I had!

 

Hello, Annie....hope your enjoying the forum and pleased you like SP pics.

Personally, I think they are the finest cut flower you can grow.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 18:58
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/Eagle%20Sweet%20Peas/P8060010.jpg

 

 Old fashioned sweet peas usually have 2 or 3 flowers per stem, occasionally 4. Late Spencer’s have 3 to 5…..while  5 or 6  would be preferable for exhibition, as above.

The flowers should face forward and cover the stem.

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