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Molly69Molly69 Posts: 26
Hello all, I planted a lot of white sweet peas in April in the hope they'd flower in time for me to use in arrangements for my silver  anniversary party June 16th..they aren't much higher than 50cm currently - what do you think my chances are?! 
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  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,066
    Scroggin, when did you sow?
  • Molly69Molly69 Posts: 26
    Ooh OK, that makes me a bit more hopeful  thank you scroggin!  I'm Oxford..
  • Molly69Molly69 Posts: 26
    I cheated and bought baby plants, put them in  mid April 
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,066
    Does feeding regularly help? I guess the compost you plant in should provide food for that time - but does a top up of tom feed etc do any good?
  • Molly69Molly69 Posts: 26
    I did plant in good soil + manure, but haven't fed any more so I'll give that a go thanks. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,287
    HI Molly - I think you might get a few by then. Mine are always later, not flowering till mid to late July normally, but I was just looking at pix from last year, and most of mine were about half that height towards the end of May, and flowering two months later.
    At this time of year, they come on leaps and bounds, so I reckon if you keep them well fed and watered, you should get some. Fingers crossed for you  :)

    2 months from this pic they were flowering quite well


    These whites were actually in flower in the first week of July, and all were planted at around the same time  :)

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Molly69Molly69 Posts: 26
    OK, Im going to feed them lots!!  :D
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,287
    Fire said:
    Does feeding regularly help? I guess the compost you plant in should provide food for that time - but does a top up of tom feed etc do any good?
    Yes - you can't really overfeed them  Fire   :smile:
    A bit of manure when planting out is very beneficial to get them going, but tomato food is excellent for promoting flowers. I use manure if I have it, but it's not the end of the world if you don't  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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