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I have some sweet pea seeds from my late dad. I want to plant them out but I am unsure where is best. What do sweet peas like in terms of sun shade and water? Thank tou

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  • I know they are greedy plants and need good nutrients in the soil. RHS says "Grow sweet peas in fertile, well-drained, humus-rich soil and in full sun or very light dappled shade. For best results, incorporate organic matter such as garden compost or well-rotted manure at least four weeks before planting and apply a general fertiliser, such as Vitax Q4 or Growmore, at the manufacturers' recommended dose. After planting, water the plants well during dry spells."

  • Just bumped up Davids Sweet Pea thread for you Emily...what he doesn't know about sweet peas isn't worth knowing!!!imageHe is our resident expert!

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,178

    Have they been undercover Emily or are they already outdoors? If the former, get them used to the cooler temps first (hardening off) as it will be a bit of a shock to them. Outside through the day and in at night for a few days and keep them sheltered initially if it's a windy wild site. 

    Otherwise, you can plant them against a wall or fence where they get sun and/or a bit of shade. Nice deep fertile soil and canes or netting or wires for them to grow up. If you have an obelisk in a border you can use that too.  

    You can also grow them in containers, just make sure they're a good size and depth. A tripod of 6 foot canes (or similar)  for support. Keep them moist and when they start flowering, use tomato food or something similar to keep them happy. I use around 6 to 8 plants in a 15 inch pot - any more than that and they get crowded. They get quite substantial as the season goes on  image

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