Posted: 10/07/2012 at 10:27
Well, Yarrow...first of all I must make it clear that not all the pics I post here are taken during the current season (the above were taken last year) and not all are of my own sweet peas, as I do take some around the shows.
As for supporting them. There are two basic methods; 'decorative' & 'cordon', each are supported in different ways.
The 'Cordon' method is the method used by show growers to grow those long stemmed exhibition blooms. This is quite labour intensive and I intended to perhaps explain it in our autumn thread....although I will say the plants grown this way are supported with canes.
The 'decorative' method is the most widely used and is used to grow cut flowers for the house. This involves growing up hazel sticks, or nets suspended between canes or poles. I prefer hazel and am lucky to have a good supply on my own property.
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