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Advice about feeding sweetpeas please.
I sowed sweetpeas in roottrainers about 5/6 weeks ago and they are now about nine inches tall, with lots of good sideshoots. I'm desperate to get them into the ground but it's so cold at night and we are still getting frosts (yes I know I live in Cornwall but I'm also in a frost pocket, despite being very near the sea!). Would it be a good idea to feed the sweetpeas? I can't believe there's any nutrition left in their compost but I don't want to go to the hassle of potting them up just for another few days. Thanks in anticipation!



Plants grown slowly in a cold frame over winter that have been subjected to winter frosts would be able to cope with severe frosts now. How you have yours that tall with side shoots after 6 weeks is a mystery. Mine were sown early December and are half that size. If you have grown them inside then you need to leave them outside for a week or so in the cold to acclimatise them a bit before planting. If they have been in a coldframe then no need to do that.
Provided they look healthy and nice and green then no fertiliser is needed. Open up the rootrainer and check what the root system looks like. It needs to be nice and full before planting out.
Mine were planted out last weekend.

3 Apr, 2012


Maybe it's a bit longer than six weeks but not much - I think I sowed them mid Feb. I pinched the tops out as soon as they had 2 sets of leaves and the side shoots appeared within days. They were grown on a windowsill but are now in my neighbour's unheated greenhouse. They look very healthy! I will give it another couple of days & then put them in the ground. Thank you very much for your full reply!

4 Apr, 2012

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