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Sweet peas not flowering

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 16:14

Thanks for your advice, Dave and Puncdoc. Have just been in the greenhouse sowing some bicoloured ones for next year  - Blue Ripple, Erewhon and Maloy. Forgot to check if they are scented but it is too late now.


Next year I won't give them any tomato food until they show me they are making an effort to flower on their own. They'd better shape up next time!

Sweet peas not flowering

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 14:14

I grew sweet peas  for the first time in March - pinched them out, fed them with tomato food in the ground, put them in a sunny site, watered them. They grew like mad and made lots of leafy growth and tendrils everywhere but I had very few flowers. I cut off the flowers that did come carefully to stop seedpods developing but still very few flowers developed. Where did I go wrong? Variety was Matecuna. Thank you for any help.

Pear Pruning help

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 10:20

Thank you very much for your detailed information, Pansyface. I now understand what happened. My husband has just reminded me that we had a new greenhouse put in  last year (April)  and that the man who did it hacked a part of the pear tree off to make some room. The tree grew the shoots in August - this hacking obviously caused the problem.

Pear Pruning help

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 22:47

Yes, the year before I got a tree man to come and prune it. Could you tell me why you asked?  Only the long shoots are dead - not the rest of the tree. Thank you for any help.

Pear Pruning help

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 22:21

Last year my pear tree grew a lot of long green vertical shoots.


This year these shoots (about 100) have turned brown and are


dead. What are they and why did they grow only to die?


Should I have pruned them off last summer?

Alstroemeria in pots

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 18:53

Thanks Verdun. Is that John Innes 3 ? Shall I put grit in too?

Alstroemeria in pots

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 18:14

I also bought my 'Indian Summer' alstroemeria from T and M and agree that they have been the best thing that I have bought from them. Although they were very small plugs when they came in May, they soon grew really big - I just had to keep them away from slugs and snails at first. I am also interested in dividing my pots of Alstroemeria next Spring. I suppose you turn them out of the pots and divide them with a spade?

Alstroemeria in pots

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 23:15

Thank you Alan Clark2 (have just seen old footage of the Hollies singing on the TV!) and Verdun. I will leave them outside and put jackets over them if we get real cold.

Have never grown them before and am impressed by how many flowers they have. They have been blooming since June and the blue foliage of 'Indian Summer' is very attractive.

Alstroemeria in pots

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 21:03

I have some lovely alstroemeria  (Indian Summer) in pots and they are still flowering madly.

Should I overwinter them in the green house or can I leave them outside?

I live in the South near the sea so it doesn't get much below - 5 C.

Beetroot seedlings

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 15:27

Thank you - I will try Bolthardy in the spring.

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