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Gosh, you've inspired me. I have about 30 pots of healthy looking sweet pea sown in Autumn. They've been out of the greenhouse for approx 3 weeks and I shall plant them this weekend. Thanks!

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  • There's a lot of misunderstanding about sweet peas.....they're not frost tender bedding plants, they will survive many degrees of frost.

    I would just add, they don't like cold biting winds.

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,564

    Our night temps in the south west are forcasted to go down to 1c next week, I shalln't be putting mine out yet.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Lyn wrote (see)

    Our night temps in the south west are forcasted to go down to 1c next week, I shalln't be putting mine out yet.

     

    But they are hardy annuals and as such not affected by frost.

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,564

    Tried it before David, they were not good, maybe its the high altitude or the strong winds, but they seem to benefit from being held back until April. I havent even sowed the late ones yet.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Lyn wrote (see)

    Tried it before David, they were not good, maybe its the high altitude or the strong winds, but they seem to benefit from being held back until April. I havent even sowed the late ones yet.

     

    Whatever works for you is best, Lyn.....and yes, cold winds do affect them.

    As I've said several times on the other thread, it's quite feasible to sow the seed in open ground in October (even in harsh winters) and they will be fine.

  • Will start hardening off mine tomorrow! Only grew sweet peas for the first time last year but loved them. I would be really grateful if you could tell me how to grow them up an obelisk with runner beans. Thanks.

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    morning, david, can i just ask what do you grow in beds before you put sweet peas in, i've got 1 small bed i've left with just couple of spring bulbs, but want to put some in front, this is full of perennials, mainly geraniums, should i dig them all up before sp s go in, also put new shoots yesterday and today out in open porch, bringing in at night, mainly to keep out of way of mice,but to protect from wind too, is this a good idea, thanks

  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951
    I d like to grow sweet peas in the same planter as my corkscrew hazel. Any advice or shall I just throw in some seeds and when? Thanks.
  • Have no problem with sharing what I know about sweet pea growing folks, but if this thread evolves into a Q&A thread, it will perhaps get a tad confusing when there is already a similar & long running one in The Potting Shed.

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