How to Plant Sweet Pea Seedlings

How to Plant Sweet Pea Seedlings

My sweet peas arrived in the post this morning and I’m really excited to plant them. All our sweet peas are grown in rootrainers so you get this really lovely long root run which is exactly what sweet peas like, and before they came, I’ve made a teepee to put them on, and with every upright, I have six per teepee, I’m going to put in two sweet pea seedlings, spaced about 6-8 inches apart at the base.

As I plant, I pinch out the tips, because that puts the energy into root formation and that’s what you want for the first two or three weeks, to really get them to root down well and then they can rocket. I’m going to plant them on these teepees and we make them from silver birch which I love because the whole of Sussex around here is full of wood, and there’s lots and lots of silver birch and there’s hazel and they both work perfectly, but of course bamboo canes are fine, you just need to put twine up them so that the sweet peas have got lots of things to climb on to. In the base, around the base of the teepee I’ve put lots of manure and dug it in because manure acts like a sponge and a slow release fertiliser basically, and it’s a sponge because it just sucks in all the water whenever it rains or you water, and then it just releases it, and sweet peas are hungry, and they’re thirsty, so it’s the perfect thing to put into your soil, but then when they start to rocket, I always use paper twist ties to attach them to their frames, and that’s important, you really need to try and tie them in every week to ten days, because then you get really good strong, vertical growth, and then the key thing to remember with your sweet peas of course is pick, pick, pick, water and feed. We use comfrey juice, and that’s it. 

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