SWEET PEAS 2019

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      Last year, I was a bit late sowing some sweet peas. Consequently they didn’t flower. The plants are looking reasonably healthy, standing around 5ft tall. Are they likely to flower this year, or have them out?
       
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      Confused.com here :scratch: Just sown the seeds for this years spencer sweet peas last week for planting out in March . They flower beautifully up to October , then go down hill to green bin land. @Freddy you have healthy plants in February . I always thought they were annuals in our northern climate ?
       
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      They can be sown later on (September/October) to overwinter. Mine don’t fall into that category though, as they were probably sown around May/June, and didn’t really get going until very late in the season.
       
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        2D83905E-CB17-4E14-B881-5C33B0C21C14.jpeg I sown my seeds three weeks ago now look at them
         
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        My Sweet Peas are nearing the top of the obelisk (6ft). Is it common practice to ‘stop’ them?
         
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        Thanks, but that’s not I mean. I’m talking about when to ‘stop’ the plants :thumbsup:
         
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        Sorry im trying to google it, my sweet peas seem very tall this year, I wanted to know if you can just cut them when they reach the top of our 8ft fence :)
         
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        Carefully untie upper parts of vertical stems and re-route/tie them horizontally so they've got space above them again, using 'easy bends' to avoid snapping stems.

        Google "sweet pea layering",
         
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          Hopefully someone will be along shortly to put us in the picture then :) Ahh, @Marley Farley will know.
           
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          So do you mean, don’t cut them, just bend them carefully ?
           
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            Cheers :blue thumb: Is this something that can be done indefinitely, season permitting?
             
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            Yes, some growers drop all the stems to the ground one way, and if they get too high again, layer again the other way. It might look a bit messy, but will keep blooms coming as cutting the tops will stop flowering. I was thinking of something a bit less extreme and more suitable for a garden display. Googling "layering sweet peas" should give you some ideas. Been about 25 years since I last did it.
             
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              Thanks for that. As I said earlier, mine are growing up a 6ft obelisk, in the garden. Layering isn’t probably an option then. Probably not one of my better ideas :doh:
               
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