Sweet peas

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Re: Sweet peas
« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2014, 21:13 »
Anyone know what the 'perennial sweet pea' actually is - I noticed on the packet today that it said it was a 'sweet pea type' plant?

Precisely, a perennial sweet pea, with very little scent but beautiful flowers, either bright purple/ pink, pale pearly pink or white
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Re: Sweet peas
« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2014, 23:06 »
i've just bought one called red pearl too and my friend has just bought some seeds for a new scented variety it will be interesting to see just how scented they ar.
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Re: Sweet peas
« Reply #17 on: February 23, 2014, 09:51 »
I hope they have a proper sweet pea scent --- they will be brilliant then  :D
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Re: Sweet peas
« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2014, 11:32 »
I'll report back later in the year :D

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Re: Sweet peas
« Reply #19 on: March 22, 2014, 16:19 »
I sowed 5 different types of sweetpea in Sept in the cold greenhouse, 2 to a 9" deep 3" pot. Actually a cardboard spray paint mixing cup, packs of 50 very cheap.
Really taking of in Jan so to stop them getting leggy I keep nipping them back to the first well formed budlet.
By mid Feb all very healthy and set out in a coldframe.....First week of March started planting them out..
This method usually gets strong shoots and roots, tough plants and early blooms......I have had the first flowers by May 1st this way.
Last years winds blew the bamboo frames over, so earlier this year got two 8 foot 3"x3" treated posts and concreted them in 7 foot apart, screwed galvanised eyes in every foot and ran strong twine across each while tying in 6x 8 foot bamboo canes equally spaced. Lets see how that does............

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Re: Sweet peas
« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2014, 16:21 »
Last years winds blew the bamboo frames over, so earlier this year got two 8 foot 3"x3" treated posts and concreted them in 7 foot apart, screwed galvanised eyes in every foot and ran strong twine across each while tying in 6x 8 foot bamboo canes equally spaced. Lets see how that does............

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Re: Sweet peas
« Reply #21 on: April 06, 2014, 14:18 »
My sweet peas have germinated, I planted them singularly in modules.
They are about 3" tall.
What should I do with them now....re-pot them in groups of (insert number here) re-pot them as individuals. In a cold greenhouse, outside, inside...?

I've not grown them before so some guidance would be appreciated.

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Re: Sweet peas
« Reply #22 on: April 06, 2014, 15:27 »
Pinch the top bud off to make them bushy - they can go into the cold greenhouse for a while and then gradually harden them off, ready for planting out  ;)

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Re: Sweet peas
« Reply #23 on: April 06, 2014, 16:21 »
Pinch the top bud off to make them bushy - they can go into the cold greenhouse for a while and then gradually harden them off, ready for planting out  ;)

Thanks mum,  but how many to a pot or should I leave them where they are & if I pinch out the tips of these, there won't be any leaf left or is that OK ?
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Re: Sweet peas
« Reply #24 on: April 06, 2014, 17:17 »
Oh! they're very leggy - they should have got out in the light before they got like that  ::)

Don't pinch them out yet then  ;) I'd leave them where they are til they're a bit stronger tbh.

Then harden them off and plant them outside  :)


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Re: Sweet peas
« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2014, 17:21 »
I'm growing an out of date packet of trailing sweet peas that my son brought home free from work (at the garden centre). I reckon I've got 100% germination.  :lol:

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Re: Sweet peas
« Reply #26 on: April 06, 2014, 17:50 »
we planted 200 in modules @ 4 per module from last years saved seeds and they all germinated bar 1 . . . . making paper pots to pot them on and pinching out got pretty tedious by the end of the day hee hee  :ohmy:
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Re: Sweet peas
« Reply #27 on: April 06, 2014, 17:54 »
Yes they are rather, they germinated right next to a pair of French doors so light level is quite good. I did leave the cover on the tray though in the hope that the few that hadn't germinated would.

With the condensation that would have reduced light significantly.

I have just sown some more & will try & look after them better this time......if I can spare the time  ::)

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Re: Sweet peas
« Reply #28 on: April 07, 2014, 12:54 »
Pinch the top bud off to make them bushy - they can go into the cold greenhouse for a while and then gradually harden them off, ready for planting out  ;)

Thanks mum,  but how many to a pot or should I leave them where they are & if I pinch out the tips of these, there won't be any leaf left or is that OK ?
They're more hardy then we think like peas, but could be salvaged? Try it. Dibble each one into a 3" pot or yoghurt container then firm in so the first leaves are just above soil level, water in, place outside and leave until you see more growth at the top. When that happens, you usually see more leaves unfolding and growing lower down from side shoots on their individual stems. What you pinch out is where you will see two little leaves clasped together like in prayer and is the bit just above where the little stem at the very top originates.
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