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Short stems on sweet peas

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 06:32

I think it's worth recommending April In Paris now guys as my Daughter grew it last year for the 1st time and was very impressed with it's long stems. Because she said it's very scented I thought I'd give it a go this year. Above all the sp I've grown this one is by far the best in terms of long stems and has a wonderful scent. It won't be pleasing to everyone as it's flowers are a beautiful cream tinged with lilac so not suitable for the dark rich jewel like colours some people favour. Definately worth growing 'tho if you want a lovely stong scent and long stems as well as pretty pale flowers.

Short stems on sweet peas

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 16:59

People put forward many reasons why this happens and I'm sure most people have had it happen at some stage of their growing lives. Some say to cut off the tendrils and you'll get bigger flowers, others say it's determined by the variety you grow, still others say that as sweetpea are hungry feeders, they need liquid feed and perhaps slow acting feed put into their growing medium. 

I've found that yes it does happen toward the end of the growing season with them but it definately depends on the variety. Macutania (sp) I grow every year and they get shorter stems about the end of July from an autumn sowing while others like April In Paris are still going strong. Both get fed by me with tomato food for those in containers. Those growing in the ground have some BFB added to the soil before planting.

red poppies

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 16:11

Do the oriental ones not grow from seed then fidgetbones? I've always had problems growing all kinds of poppies too.

Seeds from tall Foxgloves

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 15:03

I agree with Dove but do remember that foxgloves will not always come true to the type of seed you collect.


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 15:02

 I took this pic today as this one is just starting to flower. 3 others have flowered as well but I'd given them away. Most of my others are weeks from flowering and although I sowed all different types, I did'nt label them. Yarrow 2 yours should be fine, I'd leave them be. They'll come on but maybe just a bit later.

Favorite lavenders and other strongly scented plants

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 16:27

Evening Primrose is also worth growing and agree that Night Phlox and Night Scented Stock are priceless in terms of scent.

Ordinary Phlox (the tall kind) there are loads of varieties and 10 week Stock are also very easy to grow and provide wonderful scent. 

I would'nt be without some Oriental and Regal Lilies as well, amazing scent. You have plenty there to keep you going.

Salvia or Nepetia?

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 18:07

Thanks everyone who replied so far. Unfortunately it's none of the above although it is most similar to N. Sibirica. With my plant the flowers grow upward like tiers on a cake and are present at a leaf joint. I've measured it and after 2 years it's just over 100cm

Salvia or Nepetia?

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 11:25



 I wonder if anyone can identify this herbaceous plant I grew from a cutting. It's past my waist, very strong aromatic large leaves and not Nepetia 6 hills giant, it's taller and the leaves are a lot bigger too.

Weak Cornflower

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 11:51

I grow them every year but find that sowing them late summer/autumn gives me earlier flowers and stronger plants. I don't put them into a greenhouse, they sit outside usually in something like a windowbox before they're transferred to their planting spot. That said, I plant them in a group and use supports around them. At the very least a couple of bamboo canes with some string around it to help hold them up. You could try that now and you should find an improvement. 


Posted: 05/06/2015 at 10:09

I'm growing them and their leaves are fine. Perhaps they got sprayed with something?I'd check and see if they have too much/too little water. Sorry I can't be of more help.

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