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By Cestina

South Bohemia, Czech Republic Cz

Sorry to ask this sweetpea question again - but daughter is hassling me :-) Her sweetpeas have grown very tall but there are (she tells me, I haven't seen them myself) no signs of flower buds. Mine, the same variety, are not very tall but have buds.

Neither of us has pinched them out - is it too late for her to do that and indeed, does it help produce buds?



I don't know what to tell you- it's a bit late for pinching out. Has your daughter been feeding them, and with a nitrogen rich feed? If she has, that would cause leaves at the expense of flowers.

11 Jul, 2010


Thanks anyway Bamboo - no I don't think she has been feeding. I suspect she may not realise there are some flowers coming - it seems to me that very often it's hard to spot them until they are almost ready to open! I'll get her to send me a close up photo so that I can have a look at them :-)

11 Jul, 2010


last summer i had sweet peas,looking very healthy but poorly flowering and in one place.this year i planted them out inacouple of the sunniest areas in our garden.I prepared the ground with a little compost and manure and a scatter of chicken pellets.I thought i had over done it but the flowering as been brilliant,but i cut flowers every other day.

13 Jul, 2010


I've passed on info to my daughter but am now concerned about mine which had been forming buds. We have had extraordinary temps here and I think that up against the cream wall, where they are standing, it might have been as hot as 40C. The leaves look fine but the buds are shrivelled; the very few flowers that have bloomed are tiny and miserable looking.

Could the buds have been burned or is something else responsible? They are well-watered.

14 Jul, 2010


Are you growing them in a pot, Cestina?

14 Jul, 2010


Yes, they are in big pots. Worked fine last year....

I guess I could move the pots actually, come to think of it :-) Heavy though....

14 Jul, 2010

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