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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 11:44

On the subject of pinching-out sweet peas, although most of us understand it is to encourage them to produce side shoots and make for bushier plants.

However, I thought (although no-one will be remotely interested) I would explain why. Pinching-out encourages the plants hormones called auxins to move to the side or auxiliary tips……these auxins will produce growth for new and stronger growing tips.

 I really must try to get out more!

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 11:21
rosemummy wrote (see)

Hi all question really for David,I wonder if I pinched out my sp,s too early? Should I pinch out any that look like they nedd to bush out again even if I,ve already done so? 

 

Of course you can, rosemummy....some people nip-out the growing tips several times.

 

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 10:14
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 For baby Linzy.

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Linzy - Yes, those mini-greenhouses are fine for overwintering sweet peas...I've never owned one, but my only reservation would be their stability in strong winds. Of course, they offer no protection from cold, but sweet peas don't need it.....just protection from biting winds & rain.

The timing of seed sowing can be important. The knack is to get the seed geminated while there is sufficient autumn warmth and before the onset of really cold weather.

IMHO, much better plants result from seed germinated without artificial heat.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 22:01

'sometimes I probably wear my heart on my sleeve too much'.....you stay just as you are, you come across as a lovely, caring lady.

'I think for some it is more than a message board and genuine friendships form' .....I wouldn't argue with that and all with a common interest that binds them together.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 21:41

You're welcome, Tracey.

Btw, tried to PM you but couldn't. So will need to say it here, I've being truly moved by the compassion & kindness you have shown to Mike and equally moved by his reaction.

One could be forgiven for not remembering that It's only a bloody message board!

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 21:29
cairnsie wrote (see)

thanks for the reply they are about 4 inches apart should I thin them out a little.

Not really, cairnsie...because of root disturbance, it wouldn't be worth risking a check to growth....they'll be just fine.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 20:49

cairnsie - not sure of the diameter of your obelisk from what you say. However, I would guess that a spacing of about 6ins between plants should be about right. 

OL - As with the others i.e. 7 to 21 days depending on soil temperatures.

 

Human irrigation system

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 08:50

Good luck, Mike...hope all goes well.

M D's Morello Cherry

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 21:12

What odds would you give for the survival of Monty's newly planted tree???

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 20:17

Mine only has 'sleep' but I reckon that will be one and the same.

But then, that's what it does automatically.

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