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Sweet pea -10 day chop

How can the 10 day chop work? I have tried not cutting for 3 days and oh dear a huge amount of seed pods have formed. If I did the 10 day chop I doubt whether there would be any flowers to pick! Just interested in others views on this!


  • AllyblueeyesAllyblueeyes Posts: 404
    I’ve often wondered the very same thing ...... I’ve only got a small garden so all my sweet peas are in large pots but I’m having to pick every day to prevent the seed pods  forming 😕  Maybe it’s different if you’re growing cordon and have masses of sweet peas - in which case I’ve got sweet pea envy! 
  • ChrisWMChrisWM Posts: 214
    I saw Monty’s video re 10 day intervals, and although I’m a novice to all this, realised that at the rate my Matucana have been flowering, loads would go to pods if I did. I take daily cuttings, and if anything, the rate of flowering is increasing. 
    If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. Cicero
  • GrajeanGrajean Posts: 429
    Thank you both, keep cutting!
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,562
    or do as I do and take everything MD says with a very large pinch of salt.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,966
    I deadhead every day if I can, if not, every second day.
    I'd be up to my ears in seed pods if I didn't!
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,601
    Never heard of the 10 day chop, dead head daily, always told sweet peas hate heat and dry, never had such an amazing crop as this year!
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,496
    I’ve given up picking sweet peas for the house: they last so little time and, most infuriatingly are the scores and scores of pollen beetles everywhere.

    Instead I just leave them as a garden focal point and daily, as I walk past them to the garage, make a ritual of removing 40 seed pods on the way out and 40 more on the way back.
    Rutland, England
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,601
    Picidae, I will be round with the scissors!
  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003
    I find they last about 5 days in the house...........I pick every 2nd day
  • AllyblueeyesAllyblueeyes Posts: 404
    Picidae - they are just beautiful,  and I couldn't agree more MU, pick, pick, pick - nothing says Summer to me more than sweet peas.  Just love 'em!
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