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SWEETPEAS - 2021/22

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by ARMANDII, Jan 1, 2021.

  1. mazambo

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    Thanks @NigelJ I saw a young girl on an episode of garderners world last year cutting off the tendrils and tying in her sweet peas, is that necessary?
     
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    @mazambo I really don't know, possibly if growing for exhibition purposes you might want more control over them.
     
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    Here's a gardening related question from me - for a change...:biggrin:.

    Starting to panic a bit. I've planted out some sweet peas - their roots were poking out of the jiffy plugs - so they needed to get into the ground.

    Problem is the cold snap about to hit us - do I need to cover the sweet peas to protect from frost?

    I read that they are half hardy down to -5c - and last week Monty commented that they a more robust than people believe. We're going to be hit with -2c here on Sunday - should I be covering the sweet peas or am I being over cautious?
     
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    Mine have been outside since early Feb, just haven't got round to planting them and they are looking fine.
    At this time of year it's not likely to be -2°C for very long. If you are worried putting a few sheets of news paper over the top of them, overnight, should keep them safe.
     
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      I understand this latest cold chill is coming from Greenland, who left the EU in 1985 so your plants should be safe :biggrin:
       
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        I live in the northwest, I’m debating wether I can plant my sweetpeas out ?, it’s forecast 100% rain tomorrow and Friday :what:
         
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        Think I found the problem with my sweetpeas I found loads of these under the soil………….
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          I have a packet of Sweetpea seeds that I was given as part of a Christmas gift, so I suppose I best get them started at some point - do they need a spell in the fridge first? Will they be happy germinating in a corner of the greenhouse, or will they need a warmer windowsill indoors?

          I've never had any luck with them before, hence asking.
           
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            @Fat Controller I can tell you this much, I have no idea now what works. Last year it took nearly a month for the seeds to germinate so I started some on the 7th of this month - incidentally I also started delphinium seeds the same day. I did not in any way stratify the sweet peas.1644752094620-1366477870.jpg

            There are now several sweet peas sprouting. That's 6 days! :doh:
             
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              I wanted to start a discussion about sweetpeas. I have read that they can be sown directly into the soil. I have recently bought this trough,

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              It is primarily there to hide the rubbish behind. I was thinking of planting gladiolus bulbs in the middle and sewing sweetpeas up the trellis at the back and zinnia at the front. Would this work?

              G.
               
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              • pete

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                I used to just knick the seed coat and soak for a couple of hours then sow at room temperature.
                 
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                • pete

                  pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                  Sounds like a bit too much in that space Jack.
                   
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                    I placed my sweetpea seeds on damp kitchen towel on Jan 17th and left them overnight on the heat mat. I sowed them on the 18th in toilet roll inners filled with John Innes seed compost and placed them on a heat mat. By the 27th they had sprouted.
                    On February 7th I took them off the heat mat and yesterday I put them out in the cold frame.

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                      On the subject of Sweet Peas. Am I correct in thinking that they cannot be grown in the same spot for two consecutive years?
                       
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                        I start mine off on damp kitchen towel, in a takeaway tub or ziplock bag, in a warm spot. Check every couple of days and then when they show signs of growing I carefully plant them out in the greenhouse. When they are 6 to 9in high I pinch out the tips to make them bush out. Mine have been hardened off and sat outside since mid January mainly to slow them down a bit.

                        I don't know for sure, but probably a good idea to move them around a bit.

                        Yes you can sow directly into the ground I have done in the past. I would wait until about the time you would sow garden peas so mid March/April and then sow them two or three to a spot, you can thin them later if needed.
                         
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