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Bee GBee G Posts: 33

I didn't realise I should have been earlier planting sweet pea seeds and they're only just coming through now. Is is worth persevering do you think or should I just try again next year?Monty said on the programme last week to buy plants at this late date...Sorry, I know there was a similar question on here recently but I can't seem to find it and couldn't read the full thread at the time.


  • arneilarneil Posts: 287

    if they are coming through I would persevere , maybe add a few plants from a nursery to get earlier flowers

  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy Posts: 6,166

    Yes if they have germinated then keep going, they will flower a bit later of course but sometimes that's no bad thing. Things have a way of catching up.

    AB Still learning

  • I saw Monty too and panicked a bit as I always start the seeds off the end of April but then remembered that they always grow and I have sweetpeas flowering up my pergola until late Septembe. 

    Planted my seeds on Saturday so here's hoping Monty is wrong. ?

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,081

    I rarely sow seed before mid April. It germinates at the right rate and I have sweet peas still flowering in October until a week of frosts finally saw them off. That's normal. 

    I've sown some at intervals over the last couple of weeks as usual, and the ones I sowed a month or more ago (only because we were experiencing unusually mild weather here )  won't be any further on by the time they get planted out in a few weeks. 

    It's actually better to sow at intervals anyway to give a longer season of flowering, especially if you're in a warmer part of the country and have them in flower earlier in the year  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Bee GBee G Posts: 33

    Thanks so much everyone-great news! I'm in The Borders Fairygirl so definitely not a warmer part of the country! Will maybe pop some more in today tho as that makes sense to sow at intervals :-)

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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,081

    Bee G - I'm a bit further north than you  image

    It's why I never sow in autumn - not worth while up here. The aforementioned  ones that I've sown earlier and are in a cold frame are no further ahead than  all the direct sown ones which were done much later. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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