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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: 179

    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: 179

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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: 782

    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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