Caring for Sweet Peas
Caring for Sweet Peas
I love sweet peas. What is the best fertiliser when planting and during growth? Would it be best to use liquid feed?
Sweet peas are a lovely addition to any garden and can be grown from either seed or seedlings, depending on your preference. They are not gross feeders, so normal soil preparation prior to planting is usually sufficient for strong healthy growth and free flowering. This includes incorporating Daltons Compost into the existing soil to ensure good drainage during the growing period (sweet peas do not like overly wet soil). Over fertilising with high nitrogen fertiliser can lead to excessive vegetative growth and reduced flowering.
Sweet peas grow best in a sheltered, warm site. Before planting seeds or young plants, put a frame or structure in place to support the vigorous growing sweet peas. This also helps provide a better sequence of flowering. As the young plants grow, attach them to your frame so they are not destroyed by strong winds.
You can apply the occasional side dressing of Daltons Goldcote Rose & Flower Fertiliser throughout the growing season and water it in well.
More like this
October - Spring Gardening Tasks
Planting Flowers with Vegetables
Is it okay to grow veggie plants amongst my flower plants? Are there any that don’t like to be planted together?
How to Grow Flowers For Garden Colour
Transplanted Rose Care
My favourite eight roses were relocated following the earthquakes from sandy soil in Dec 2011 to Templeton’s amazing rich soil, and then in Mar 2013 to heavy soil with clay base. How can I reward these plants with the best care?
Pruning Roses with Daltons
Caring for your Rose Garden
14 years ago I planted a Loving Memory rose and it hasn't flourished at all. I have fed it special rose manure, put banana skins around and it is in a dry sunny position. All my other roses are thriving except this one. Should I transplant it? When?
Each year, my Hellebores do not seem to flower as well as they should, having short stems and small flowers. They are growing in a damp, shady spot and some of the plants have not flowered for years. What could be the problem?
Promoting Flowers on Hydrangeas
My hydrangeas have only 1 or 2 flowers on them this year, and have been late to flower. They are 4 year old plants and I haven’t treated them differently than other years. Any advice?
Pruning Hydrangea Plants
I have a hydrangea bush that has been blooming beautifully this summer. Once the flowers die off, when is the best time to prune it?