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SWEETPEAS

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

  1. Debs64

    Debs64 Gardener

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    Mine is a John innes 2 plus mpc and I must admit I use one with peat. Well rotted horse manure in the bottom and an upturned plastic bottle watering aid in the centre of each obelisk. Not in full sun all day but they still seem happy
     
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    • JWK

      JWK Gardener Staff Member

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      Mice found my sweetpea seedlings in pots in the greenhouse and nibbled them all off. I've just started another batch today, may be a bit late flowering this year.
       
    • On the Levels

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      Having sown seeds taken from our 2022 plants, germination has been brilliant. Very impressed. Indoors and waiting to be planted out but will it stop raining to allow me to do so?
       
    • Debs64

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      My plants have been hardening off for two weeks now and I know it’s a bit early but I may plant them out next weekend as I always seem to leave it too late and have a tangled root bound mess to deal with. Fingers crossed this year will be better
       
    • DiggersJo

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      Interesting as the family grow (love) these and I bought some packets of seed for them. It say to keep in 20-25c, but as soon as they germinate put them outside? I've watched what I think are wild (do you get such?) SW growing in tall grass on our walk. They do look nice, but not in an eating way. They are currently about 30-40 cm tall (over 1') without any intervention from a human.
       
    • Debs64

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      I don’t think you can eat sweet peas @DiggersJo
       
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      • Dovefromabove

        Dovefromabove Keen Gardener

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        Definitely don’t eat Sweet Peas Lathyrus odoratus … they are poisonous to humans.
         
      • DiggersJo

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        Yes, like a lot of flowers, which is my issue with them...:redface:
         
      • BenCotto

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        A few summers ago we had Italian friends staying and Beppe came in from a walk around the garden saying he had eaten some piselli (peas). Don’t you mean fagioli (beans) we asked as we don’t grow peas. No, he insisted they were peas but he only had one pod because they weren’t very sweet. Odd that, because they’re called sweet peas. The daft sod. He was fine but eat too many and you get an upset stomach and muscle weakness called, aptly, lathyrus.
         
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        • fairygirl

          fairygirl Keen Gardener

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          It may be the perennial ones you're seeing in the wider landscape @DiggersJo . They're slightly different from the annual ones, and unscented.
           
        • DiggersJo

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          You could be right @fairygirl , they are in a large garden but it is very overgrown and very steep where they grow. I've been looking out for them for the last 4-5 years so they are either very good at self-seeding or perennial.
          Just as an aside x24 were planted indoors and several outdoors, almost all have come up, including those planted outside. All the seeds were soaked overnight, but perhaps that is not required?
           
        • fairygirl

          fairygirl Keen Gardener

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          I've never soaked them - not necessary here, as the soil mix, or even just compost, stays wet enough for germination.
           
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