Sweet Pea Growing: An Update on a Growers Woes

It's late November and back in mid-October we sowed the last of our sweet peas. This year we are sowing for 2013 HarlequinOpal,Venetian and Amethyst (all from Sarah Raven), Miss Willmott (from Dobies of Devon), Cupani (also from Dobies) and Seeds of Italy Sweet Peas Pisello Odoroso.

All the sweet peas have now germinated bar Miss Willmott. We are rather upset about this but have tracked down why this has happened. The tray we placed the pots in was not draining after watering and we fear the seed has succumbed to damp and rotted away. That aside, the Sarah Raven seeds, along with the Seeds of Italy are putting on the strongest growth and I have already nipped out all of the growth on these twice. As the winter evenings draw in, I have pulled off the cloches and replaced it with fleece. All the plants have survived several evenings below zero and the double layering of fleece is keeping those plants happy and growing slowly. It's important that you encourage root growth on your sweet peas at this time of year rather than top growth, fleece will do this. It will stop the growth from being scorched by the cold and keep the roots warm and growing. Just a shame about the Miss Willmott. At least we have more seeds to sow of these in spring, to be on the safe side.

Sweet Pea Growing: Tales from Andrew in FebruaryWe are so happy that so many of you are emailing us your story of what you are sowing and your hopes for those seedlings. Please keep sending them in.

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Opinions expressed here are personal. The seed packets from Sarah Raven and Seeds of Italy were received for free to review. Seeds from Dobies were purchased in 2012.