Sweat pea -disaster

After 17 days of germinated no sweet peas were showing. So I decided to have a furtle and see what was to be had. Nothing is the answer!!! I went through the compost with a fine tooth comb (not literally!) and couldn't even find the seed. It was seed my mum had lurking in her seed box so no idea how old it was. Question for me now is do I buy more sweet peas or does anyone know of a sturdy climber that won't take up much root space and is an annual!
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  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    Hmmm, getting on a bit now for a resowing, you could probably pick up some seedlings quite cheaply from a nursery/ market/ car boot sale.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,234

    Nothing else gives you scent like sweet peas. You could buy some already germinated babies.

    Or morning glory is pretty, in the morning. And canary creeper and climbing (trailing) nasturtiums

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,344

    I do like sweetpeas, I'd be tempted to have another go now that it's warmer and get some already grown in. Just sowed climbing nasturtians today, really easy to grow and I love the seedsimage

  • Have seen the gardeners works offer for free sweetpeas just pay postage! But think I only need a few for one of my arches!
  • DONS1979DONS1979 Posts: 16

    B&Q have sweet pea for sale - my local  store had them reduced on the bargain trolley today with lots of other plants - they were healthy looking. If u have a B&Q locally it would be worth a visit - Good Luck!

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,727

    Oh Dove what a shame. As others have suggested there will be plant sto be had at GCs etc but you can still buy a packet of seed and sow them It just means they'll flower a bit later. image

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,727

    Sorry REDD I wrote Dove by mistake image

    I know Verdun....it's already on...

  • Thanks all. Anyone know how to germinate sweetpeas so you can see the seed to see what's going on?? Wondering if my mums seed is all duff or if I did it wrong!!
  • The rats probably ate your sweetpeas
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