Don't pinch them to make them bushy SirP. They will tangle with everything and each other. You get better quality blooms by allowing one strong stem to grow on. We will see what Sweetpea suggests, but I don't think it will be to 'pinch'.
I have some trailing sweetpeas that I have grown from seed. Is it necessary to pinch them out or is it best to leave them to grow on naturally?
Trailing, Climbing. Its only the way you wish to grow them. If you want several stems then pinch out the leader which is what is probably the best idea if growing to hang out a container or hanging basket. The natural inclination is for them to want to climb but once hanging over there is nothing for them to climb on . You can always take tendrils off too. (cherry, I don't normally pinch as you know but I think you could in this case as it doesn't appear top quality blooms are required.)
Sweetpea, SirP will come back, but he asked the question, so I think he must want quality. He has a choice anyway. Even for garden use, I will never pinch out again and suffer the tangled mess I used to have before this forum.
Post by (DahliaMan) Cornish Paul on May 14, 2011 18:29:46 GMT
I grew sweetpeas for several years for cut flowers and they are gorgeous (I say this as a dedicated dahliaman). Ive tried many but most consistent was Gwendoline, consistent germinator and lovely blooms. I showed them at village level but not at higher. Here in Cornwall I think they still have the South West Championships and Ive been there becasue I was showing carnations and others in same tent. The display of sweetpeas was breathtaking.
What can I do about mildew on my sweetpeas? I get it every year.
Join the club WF. It is very unlikely you or indeed anyone will avoid mildew at this time of year.. Generally the shows I entered were about over at this time and I never bothered much about mildew appearing after that although having said that I have had good results using liquid copper fungicide but I think that is off the shelves now and you have to use powder sachets and mix it yourself now. The other thing to try is Jeyes fluid at a fairly weak strength but it has to be applied early and continuously before the mildew appears. Too late once it is there as there is no cure that I know of, only preventative medicine. It tends to be worse when dry so a good soak can help I just used to accept the fact that it would appear sooner or later and pulled the plants up.
good time now to sow your sweetpea seeds. I used to aim for the 2nd week in October but I feel with the climate on the warm it will be ok right up to early November. For outdoors in a coldframe. Not to worry if you miss as Jan. feb. sowing indoors is fine too as is March April May outdoors and in situ.
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