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Sweet Pea Dilemma

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 11:08

Hi, Constant....the name seems familiar.

Without seeing those instructions in detail its not easy to make a reasoned reply....but first thoughts are just waffle.

First of all it isn't necessary to soak the seed, alas, if you have already done it, it will do no harm.

Your seed will require a maximum of 10c (50f) to germinate after that they will cope with temperatures as low as -10c......any form of warmth is solely to initiate germination.

For me, no propagator or plastic bag.....and misting!   

Plan 3 seems your best option.

Good luck.

Btw, you can always ask questions on the other thread, if you can't find what you need.  



Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 10:41

Yes, that would work okay, rm.....but at this time of year you'll be gaining very little in terms of early flowers. If you wait another couple of weeks you could sow the seed in situ and save some of your valuable time.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 19:29

 For anyone who likes dark coloured sweet peas, I can recommend this one named 'Winsor'.

Earliest gardening memories?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 19:18

"My Dad always double dug his veg garden and grew fantastic vegatables."

I still do that, Runny, as did my own dad & granddad.....double dig, I mean, sometimes known as 'bastard trenching' and I can well understand how it got its name. 


Earliest gardening memories?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 17:12

When my dad threatened to dig a hole & bury me!

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 17:09
rosemummy wrote (see)

hi david, i only have a smaller basket, i can keep in cool g'house, is it then worth me jist trying to sow theses dwarf/trailing direct when i sow normal ones in pots? osr sow all in pots and remember to label!!!


Well, not something I've tried, rosemummy, but see no reason why it wouldn't work. Perhaps be able to hang them outside, once they start to germinate.

Remember to sow those sold specifically for hanging baskets though,,,,..there are lots of different types (patio sps) and so on, out there.

Nice to see you around these threads, btw.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 10:37

Just to say that Daniel has agreed to close the previous sweet pea thread, although it is still open for access of information, no more can be added.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 09:42

Yes, I mentioned this on this thread the other day. Frank hasn't posted for about a month now, so I too hope all is well.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 09:27

Oh dear, hope non of you are disappointed.   

I'll help all I can, of course, but these SP baskets are demanding to get a good display. For instance, all sweet peas are hungry feeders (these are no different) and given their restricted root space, they do need a lot of feeding.

Having said that, I know that all gardeners are pioneers and can't resist a challenge.....even Victorian gardeners mastered growing pineapples here in the UK.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 08:58

I should make it clear that the above pic I posted of a sugar & spice SP basket was a googled image, not grown by myself.

I have grown them as good, but just didn't have a pic available.

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