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Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 16:45

Never really got to grips with metric, Steve.....but about 6 inches between plants. I have no hang-ups about spraying with 'Systhane'.

Oh, and I've never used pots in their final quarters.

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 16:28

'Good cultivation presumably means rich soil with enough water and drainage?'

Not really, I had in mind not spacing too close, to encourage free air circulation and spraying.

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 16:12
Steve 309 wrote (see)

Can you recommend a nice smelly variety, preferably on resistant to mildew?  I'll sow soonish and leave the pots in my suburban yard over the winter, where it's very unlikely to get too cold.


The most highly scented varieties I know are 'Cupani' and 'Painted Lady'.

All sweet peas are susceptible to mildew......To my knowledge there are no resistant varieties, although it can be kept in check by good cultivation.

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 09:01

As the previous thread on this subject is getting rather bulky & difficult to follow, I’m starting this new one as a replacement.

Mid to late October is the time when most sweet pea growers make their autumn sowings.

You’ll be needing the seed of your choice, seed compost (I prefer seed compost, rather than multi-purpose) as it contains less nutrients, deep pots such as root-trainers, grow-tubes etc.   

Also a cold-frame or other suitable protection. But remember sweet peas are extremely hardy and will cope with temps of -10c happily.

Btw, I've asked Daniel to close the previous thread.


Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 09:20

Just a thought,,,,where would you like your new sweet pea thread located i.e. here in the Potting Shed, Talkback, or Plants?

Strictly is back!

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 18:34

I agree, Lily......speshly when followed by a bit of dad dancing.

I laughed until tears rolled down my cheeks at Ainsley's dance.  

Strictly is back!

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 22:13


If you haven't yet seen Strictly, this will whet your appetite

Btw, the professional dancer is Natalie Lowe, our Aussie professional.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 19:28

Okay folks, I'll start a new thread in the next couple of weeks and ask Daniel to close this one.

Liam, I understand your enthusiasm and rest assured, you won't be let down.

LP, I'm flattered kind words and to see those lovely sweep peas.  I would say that they have a really good length of stem for this time of year.

DD, Those self-sown SPs will be fine and will survive the winter. Having said that, they may not look exactly the same as their parents.  



Blood moon....

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 10:29

A project to be proud of there, Bob.....brilliant!

Blood moon....

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 20:47



 The moon is back to looking her old self tonight.

I agree with those who found it rather unspectacular last night.

For anyone interested in the techie stuff: The above was taken with a Fuji Finepix HS50 EXR camera, with 42x zoom 24-1000mm lens.

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