Sweet Pea Queries

As discussed on another thread in the 'Plants' section, I'm starting this for those who may need some help with their sweet peas.



  • AlieshAliesh Posts: 182

    HI David i love sweet peas and usually grow them every year with success.however last year i sowed 2 lots and they both got eaten by pigeons i think. This year i sowed in greenhouse a bit late, planted out about 3 weeks ago so still quite small, i put up a wig wam of canes and put plastic bottles with top and bottom cut off over each cane to plant sweet peas into to protect from the dreaded pigeons i also draped netting round. so no pigeon dammage however half of plants are growing well but half seem to be yellowing and not growing. Any idea what i did wrong?

  • "Any idea what i did wrong?" Nothing I suggest Aliesh....otherwise they would all be the same.

    To be honest,  the weather has been pants (depending where you live) over the past few weeks, hasn't it? Certainly not the full-sun conditions sweet peas thrive on.

    You could try giving them a foliar feed of liquid seaweed & pray for some sun. image I use this as tonic, not as a regular feed and is a jolly good tool to have in your locker....not just for sweet peas either.


  • AlieshAliesh Posts: 182

    Thanks David Will try liquid seaweed. It has been rather wet here in North Manchester!image

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,344

    Hi David,

    I moved here in Dec 2010, this is my first garden. On clearing up during Jan/Feb 2011, found a leggy thing but decieded to leave it as I didn't know what it was. Turned out it was an everlasting Sweetpea and it flowered great last Summer.

    When it died back I just cut it off near to ground, thinking that it would come back of it's own accord. I haven't seen anything of it this year.

    Does this mean that it's dead? I've been growing some other everlasting from seed, some have been planted out, others are still in their pots.

    Any information/advice whould be great. Thanks

  • Hi, Hollie-Hock, from what you say I'm afraid it isn't looking too hopeful for your everlasting sweet pea. They should (as you know) be cut right back at the end of the season and they regrow from the base. I'm rather surprised to hear about yours not shooting, they are normally so vigorous.

    Apart from covering an ugly fence or wall, I'm not too keen on them, as they have no scent.

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,344

    Hi David, Thanks for your quick response- that's what I thought sadly.

    Very strange though,may be they've been damaged by vine weavils.  They were very useful to provide a bit of a screen and I had planned to grow some of  the annual types with them.These I'm pleased to say are growing well, but no flowers yet.

    The other everlasing that I'm growing are going to be used to cover a gap in a hedge, with the annuals growing in between them.

    Thanks again


  • pavery026pavery026 Posts: 75
    Hi thanks for starting the thread, mine are Spring sown and are about 3 1/2 inches tall should I pinch the tops out, i will take some photos tomorrow and post, thanks.
  • Pinch out the growing tips when they have three pairs of leaves.

    Like so:



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  • pavery026pavery026 Posts: 75
    That's great thanks for getting back so quick, I'll pinch them out tomorrow.
  • yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 701

    David, generous thought to start this thread.

    Can I ask you about feeding?  Mine at the moment are coming up to 3ft high, stems and leaves only as yet.  Usually they start to bloom when they reach about 5ft and upwards.  In previous years I've fed them liquid tomato feed round about this stage prior to flowering and fed them about every 10 days thereafter. 

    BUT - now we're having continual rain and if it continues for another week or so, is it wise to continue feeding.  Last feed was about 10 days ago.

    Anything you would suggest?   Thank you.

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