SWEETPEAS

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  1. Kelc

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    Off topic but where did you buy it please, i like it.
     
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    I soak my sweet peas overnight and then plant in compost: I had a load in the greenhouse in early Jan and they are doing well (unlike my morning glories which are more unhappy every day...). I've pinched out and they are now coming on - a bit too fast I suspect. And with the warmer weather coming this week I'm nervous they really might starting getting a bit out of order. I'll maybe make some kind of frame for them to start climbing.

    The key for me though in getting sweet peas growing well is:
    1) keep cutting them: I was taking a big basket every morning for a while;
    2) Keep them watered;
    3) Keep them watered; and
    4) Keep them watered.

    I absolutely love sweet peas though. I grew a stack of varieties last year - and I love having them in the house as a cut flower. And then in September I just let them go to seed ready for the new year.
     
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        • Flumpy

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          I normally soak them over night then you can either plant outside or in a propagated in the greenhouse :)
           
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            I would like a discussion about sweet peas too. I think the big tub will look lovely with gladioli, sweet peas and zinnias, sweet peas at the back of course. I’ve just started growing sweetpeas and what I have gathered is that you start them off in a cold greenhouse, the peas need a long root system so I made long paper tubes like toilet rolls. You are trying to get as much root system as you can, they do not need top growth. They do not need a rich compost just for the seeds to germinate. Soaked overnight and plant in the tubes, I pack together in a wooden tray. I did this September. Monty Don said you need flowers early as they start setting seeds as much as they can by ( I think) July, probably need more info on this. Nipped the top out at about 8 inches, and kept them coolish. They seem hardy plants. I planted them outside a month ago as I’m in a warm spot, when we had a cold spell I wrapped them in fleece. They now need really rich, moist soil. This is where you may have trouble in a tub if you don’t water all the time. I have erected a growing frame as best I could at the time. I’ll put a photo as to where I am now. Anyone with more and better information I would be glad to receive. V.
             

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              I love sweet peas but struggle with them :)
              I planted straight into the ground last year, what a disaster. When I start them indoors I end up with the tallest straggly plants ever! I don't have a greenhouse but what am I doing wrong?




















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              Not enough light and too hot indoors. Once they germinate get them outdoors asap, somewhere with good light like a cold frame until they are big enough to transplant in their final position. You can nip the top off above the 3rd or 4th leaf to make it bush out.
               
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                I grew some successfully for the first time last year - never been able to get them going despite trying many times over the years. Ended up shoving them up a wire fence and they were OK, but not more than that for me really.
                 
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                  Once they have got 5 leaves I nip the tops off, it makes them grow bushier then a few weeks I plant them out :)
                   
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