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Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 11:11

 Painted Lady.

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 11:08

Hope those who value the scent of sweet peas, remembered me mentioning the variety 'Painted Lady''s extremely old and has a gorgeous scent. 

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 07:40

......and I should have said spring, not 'winter'.

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 22:12
Yviestevie wrote (see)

David, This year I've grown pre spencer varieties and they seem to be much slower growing, or is it my imagination.


Mine have been the same,'s just been that kind of winter.

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 22:09

Initially there will be enough feed in your compost, start a weekly high potash feed when they begin to flower.

Be very careful when you separate the individual plants, ie tease them apart gently, as they don't like root disturbance. 

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 21:08

Hi, Lorna....thank you, those SPs were from Eagle's 'Staffordshire Collection'.

I suppose we all get a bit impatient, but really three weeks for germination is quite normal.

Those you have will benefit from the tops being nipped out now. Just nip them out above the second pair of fact, providing they haven't been gown using heat, they could be planted outside now......just give them a little protection from the wind.


Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 18:45


Teasing roots

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 16:36

Sitting on me hands again!

Charlie Dimmock

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 15:08

In spite of putting on a few pounds (who hasn't) I think Charlie D is still very attractive.

Her specialty is water features, of course.

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 15:03

Okay, Shirley...but 30cm is quite a shallow root run. Perhaps you will be able to grow a few bunches for the house this way. Compensating for the lack of soil depth, you will need to feed & water more frequently than usual.

As you perhaps already know, sweet peas climb their supports using the tendrils they grow, so think in terms of fixing some kind of netting/trellis to the fence.

The potential height will be 2m +, but I guess yours (given the soil depth) will probably be less.  

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