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Pinching out

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 22:21


You're nothing but lovely, Tracey!

Just those little shoots where the leaves meet the central stem to be removed until you want to stop it growing any higher.

Pinching out

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 22:11
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

So I don't pinch out when they have 2 true leaves like sweet peas? I think they are a bit small yet so will leave them until I repot and then pinch where necessary (I think!)

Bless you, Tracey, NO.

Presuming these are the ones intended to be grown in your greenhouse.....'Moneymaker' for instance? These will have only the side-shoots removed as they progress up their supports. When they reach the top of the supports or the roof, then AND ONLY THEN is the growing tip removed...pure & simple, this prevents it growing any higher.

It therefore follows if you take out the growing tip at any other time, they will be stunted and will not grow any taller.

I'd rather not complicate it any further, but in theory you could use the resulting side-shoots to train up the supports....but let's not go down that path.

Pinching out

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:34
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

 So I don't pinch out the ones that I have now then as they are indeterminate?

Pinch-out the side-shoots from intermediates (cordons) then pinch-out the growing tip when you decide you don't want them to grow any taller.....i.e. when they reach the top of the greenhouse.

Determinates, let them grow unrestricted.


Pinching out

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:11
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

That's exactly what I was trying to say David, but you put it so much better 


Pinching out

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:08

Determinate varieties of tomatoes, also called "bush" tomatoes, are varieties that are bred to grow to a compact height.

Indeterminate (sometimes called cordon) varieties reach heights of up to 10 feet although 6 feet is considered the norm.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 18:49

A SP table arrangement.


 Linzy - would be more than happy to help at the appropriate time.

I was fortunate inasmuch as the person I helped had, like you, gardening experience and was prepared to follow my suggestions to the letter......however she was tempted to pamper them at times.

Btw, you must have been very patient to have scrolled back to where I mentioned 'wedding sweet peas'....although I remember posting it, it seems way-back.

PS. The other forum was 'The Archers' messageboard, unfortunately it is now closed, alongside nearly all of them run by the Beeb. Having said that, I could let you have the email address of the lady in question if you contact me via a PM.

Edit: Yes, Eagle SPs are available to the public, but not the nursery itself.




Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 18:38
rosemummy wrote (see)

ps what's cheapest beer/lager anyone found for murderous purposes!!


Louise, perhaps I'm lucky, but the landlord from my local will give me as much beer as I need for the purpose. This is what they call 'slops'...when they tap a new barrel, they usually draw-off a couple of pints as wastage.

Other than that. just go for the low alcohol cheapos from your local supermarket.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 15:20

Hi, linzy...helping someone to grow sweet peas for a late spring wedding is something I've done (successfully) before on another forum and feel very proud of the outcome.....this involved wall to wall SPs i.e. church decoration, bouquets,  reception hall...the lot.

At this stage I would just suggest looking at the catalogues of sweet pea specialist growers to see colour options.... picotee varieties would be my recommendation.

Camera Corner

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 14:08

Nice to have Shugborough lovers out there and I'm really pleased to hear there were 'fireworks' on your hot date, SweetPea.

Ecobaby - Glad you enjoy canal walks in the area, I think probably my fav would be around Essex Bridge....of which I've posted several pics of here.

I've recently joined the West Midlands Bird Club to give me access permits to photograph around Blithfield this space.  

Camera Corner

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 12:07

I love those, SweetPea.....I like them most because of the story behind them.

I used to develop, print & enlarge my own black & white films, but never quite got the hang of processing colour.

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