How long for them to come up?

Danielnc84(7b)April 12, 2013

Sweet Snap Peas

I got some 3ft tall boxwood trimmings I was wondering if i could let the pea plants grow up on them if i like make a barrier?

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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

danielnc84 - you have rediscovered the traditional pea stick. The only difference is that they are usually made with deciduous twiggy sticks (hazel for preference over here but I use any kind of twiggy prunings) but the might just be due to what is available at that time of year. Evergreens might make harvesting a bit fiddlier but on the other hand you have free, biodegradable pea supports. All you have to do is stick them in the ground. Just one problem you might encounter. You need about 6 inches in the ground to take the weight and not blow over so 3 feet might end up a bit short depending on what variety of pea you are growing.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 9:36AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Pea sticks in action. I think these were mostly red currant prunings.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 9:39AM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

I may have messed up on my pea sticks or maybe I did something good.

I used some fresh trimmings from my fig tree in Feb. The trimmings are starting to bud! If they don't take away too much from the peas I might have a bunch of fig trees to transplant!

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 12:32PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

wertach - that happens with currants too. At the end of the season I sometimes have a row of currant bushes. And I'll never use Forsythia again!

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 1:54PM
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