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Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by Glynne Williams, Jun 18, 2022.

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    Grow Cupani every year in a Tower pot. All went well this year and seedlings from initial sowing transferred earlier in the year. Heyve grown well and first flowers 2M just at top. However almost the first is a non-sweetpea rogue! It's vetch like with 9 leaflet leaves and short stemmed multi tubular 3" long flower, but Cupani coloured!!
    So, what do you think it is, and have you ever had this happen?
     
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    Sorry no picture yet but will learn!
     
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    Have decided to prune the rogue from the pot20220620_095609.jpg
     
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    How peculiar Glynne, have never had this happen! Grew Cupani for a few years plus another very closely related to it, think it may have been called Matucana. Small flowers but a delightful rich fragrance! :blue thumb:

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    Yes that's the one! However I at least know tat it was the seed!! This is because there are now 2 more different plants growing! One is a whitish sweet pea and the other, something else I'm researching before COMPLAINING! (Which I rarely bother to do)
     
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      It looks like bird vetch, quite a common weed and in the same pea family.
       
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        Thanks very much John! There is something wrong with the seed supplied, and normally wouldn't really matter, but simply because it was just Cupani for its smell and appearance (though I can't smell anything much these days!) I suppose it's quite interesting in a way that these 'modern' seed companies can have their failures! Curiously I don't collect my own sweet pea seeds, just my Salvias!!!
         
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          It was probably a rogue seed in your packet from the seed company, Vetch seed resembles sweet pea seed and would be difficult for a machine to clean out. When I worked for the seed companies in the 1970s we employed gangs of roguers to walk the crop and pull out anything not conforming. We did have some rudimentary machines to clean the seed and remove any weeds that slipped through although they weren't 100% Most flower seeds are now grown abroad for economy, and some weeds must slip the net.
           
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            Take your point regarding similar looking seeds but this occurance is so un-typical as I've had my 'cupani' pot for years. I've been very careful about emptying the compost from the pot every year also. No, I think this is the result of the company buying in cheap from a 'rogue' company!!!
             
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              Picking today

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                My first picking this year, an "old-fashioned mix" from Wilko. I recognise Painted Lady, Matucana and Senator so far. Looking forward to seeing which others I find in this mixture.
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