Picking Sweet Peas
GardenAmateur Posts: 75
Hi Monty Don has repeatedly said both on gw and in various writings to pick sweet peas every 10 days for long season, so when the first flowers appeared I dutifully took a note to start picking in 10 days time and this is 2nd time I've done it, my question is what exactly does he mean by each one? I have sort of went for a half way house and picked every one that has even the slightest bit of colour, would you pick the ones in the photo or just leave them? Go a step further and take the buds as well? I love having cut flowers in the house, so want to maximise them as much as possible . More experienced opinions would be very welcome.
Basically - just pick them as the flowers go over. You're trying to stop them forming seed pods, as that prevents energy being put into producing more flowers.
Obviously - most people like to pick some for the house, but just pick as often as you're able - if you miss a few and they become pods, don't worry too much - just pick those off when you see them.
Keep feeding and watering them well too - that extends the season of flowering.
Sorry - I should have said - yes, you can pick them if they're buds, and they'll open in water in a vase. It also depends whether you want some for scent in the garden [round a seat or pergola etc] or if you only want them for picking and bringing indoors.
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
@Fairygirl @valley gardener. I have been picking them for vases 2 or 3 times a week but doing a big cut every 10 days per Monty Dons advice .