How To Keep Sweet Peas Flowering
|Gardening : Growing Plants|
In those lovely warm summer months, what better treat is there for a gardener than the delicant scent and sight of sweet peas? Whilst there are many great treats the gardener can deliver, sweet peas must undoubtedly be one of the best.
But they can be notoriously difficult to keep going through the summer and keep on flowering. The reason for this is simple - they love nothing more than to go to seed. Whilst obviously this applies to most plants, it is incredibly quick with sweet peas. If you take your eye off them for just a few days, chances are they will mainly stop flowering and will end up going to seed and those little pea pods.
The solution is simple, it just requires a few minutes each day. At the end of each day, when you go in the garden, simply pull off that days flowers. Whilst this might seem like a shame, it will guarantee that you get lots more the next meaning, and saves those there going to seed.
You will be treated with weeks of flowers if you follow this method. Some people actually recommend that you de-head the sweet peas twice a day, they are that quick at replacing the flowers and potentially going to seed as well!
Then, at the end of the season, let the last set of flowers go to seed, pick the pea pods and store them in a dry place away from the sun over the winter. This means you will have a new set of seeds ready for the next year, where you can enjoy delicate sweet peas in your garden once more. The effort is well worth it!
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