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some question about sweet peas

Posted by arjen (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 16, 08 at 4:44

Hallo everybody,

I sowed my sweet peas in December and by now they are big enough to plant out - but isn't that a bit early? It's Mid-Feb and we get a few degrees frost every night... They have been in the cold greenhouse for the last couple of weeks to harden off (and it freezes in there too) so it should be al right - but I thought I better check. And what about birds: all cabbages here get ravaged by pigeons - do sweet peas need any bird protection? They're 8 inches long by now, and the seed is pretty much gone I guess.

And another thing: some of my sweet peas seeds germinated almost 100% (Hi Scent and MammothMixed) but other only 50% or not at all (the not-at-all-ones I even nicked with a knife on the side). Is it just bad seeds, bad companies (although the 50% ones are mostly from Thompson & Morgan - quite a reputable company I thought) or is there a trick...

Thanks

Arjen


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RE: some question about sweet peas

Hi Arjen, I dont know what zone you are in but if your sweet peas have already experienced some frost and your ground is workable, you probably could get away with planting them out, they are incredibly hardy. I usually plant my seeds a little earlier than you did, in August, where they are to flower and let them brave the winter.
They are fantastic.

Call T&M and tell them, they have a guarantee and should replace your seeds. When you get them soak them for a day or so and plant them with your plants, they will catch up.

As for birds, mine dont usually suffer but I dont have any pigeons either. This is all IMHO. Best of Luck. Kat


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RE: some question about sweet peas

Arjen,

I start my Sweat Peas every year by soaking my peas overnight in water, then getting a paper towel damp but not too wet as to rot the seeds then put them on the paper towel not touching, fold the towel over and put them in a ziplock bag one large enough so they all lay out flat, close bag. I leave on my kitchen counter and check in a few days when you see roots then take them out and plant. That way you know which ones are good and which ones didn't germinate.
Then from last years experience the deer at my house ate my sweet peas I now have them fenced in. I won't take anymore chances it took them a month to recover from getting munched down to one foot high.
Good Luck,
Kathy


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RE: some question about sweet peas

Well I planted the sweet peas a week or two ago an dthey seem to be doing fine! Thanks for the tips!


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