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Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 09:15

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My own sweet peas prior to planting out in March.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 09:09
Tootles wrote (see)

Do you watch family fortunes? I can hear that honk noise when 'the survey said....X' !

I'll nip them out anyway.... And start again with some fresh ones! Take two!

Sorry about that, Tootles.....sometimes it's difficult to say it how it is, but if I didn't this would all be a bit pointless.

Btw, I would suggest your pots are not deep enough and pale colour suggests lack of light. Also if you have used multipurpose compost, would account  to some extent for the excess growth.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 08:26

Tootles - Sorry to say that these were started far too early, which is why they so drawn and leggy.

If it were me, I would start again, but if you want to persevere with them, pinch-out above the first pair of leaves. 

Sorry! 

PS. I note your greenhouse seems to be located next to a brick wall, perhaps this is causing them to be drawn towards the light.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 08:15

Gardengirl - I would sow 2 seeds per cell. If you intend them for showing then remove the weakest seedling....or for cut flowers, retain both.

You say you hope to have your cold-frame built by the end of October. Perhaps I should say here that autumn sown seed are best germinated outdoors in their winter quarters.

Of course they can be germinated indoors, but this is where legginess problems begin.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 20:59

Think it will probably be a late October sowing for you, Gardengirl....I would recommend JI Seed compost, but it's up to you, of course.

Camera Corner

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 20:07
star gaze lily wrote (see)

Cadburys take them.....and they cover them in chocolate 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t9ZJK-vc-I  

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 20:05

Yes, this is the thing, Zoomer.....there isn't a one size fits all (as with planting early spuds) For me (in the Midlands) October usually fits the bill.

RIP Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 19:57

Not often I start this kind of thread, but I would just like to say how sad I was to hear of the passing of The Duchess of Devonshire, today at the age of 94.

I've always admired her for her tireless work in the restoration & running of surely the most beautiful big house in the country.

RIP, dear lady.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 19:44

Can we transfer to this thread now folks  www.gardenersworld.com/forum/the-potting-shed/growing-sweet-peas-2014/2015/520591.html

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 19:40

Hi, folks

As we know there has been a ‘Growing Sweet Peas’ thread containing 57 pages & over 1100 replies running here for a long time, resulting in difficulty being experienced in finding useful information. With this in mind, I’m starting this one which will hopefully run during the current season.

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Autumn is almost with us and is a time when many sweet pea growers like to sow their seed……preferably sometime from mid, to late October, depending on the weather.

You will need:

  1. Seed: The seed of your choice, please buy the best you can afford. My own preference is for ‘Eagle Sweet Peas’, although there are several excellent companies out there.

  2. Compost: Although some will recommend a general purpose compost, I prefer compost that has been specifically formulated for sowing seed, as it contains less nutrients…..my own choice is Arthur Bowers, John Innes Seed compost….this being loam based.

  3. Root Trainers: or grow-tubes. Sweet peas are very deep rooted and require deep pots which will have to accommodate them for about 4 months.

  4. Cold-frame: or other suitable protection. But remember sweet peas are extremely hardy and will cope with temps of -10c happily.

 

 

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