The Q&A Archives: Sweet Peas

Question: I tried growing sweet peas from seeds. They were in good soil, with hot afternoon sun, but only half the plants came up and those that did were about 3 feet tall with only a couple of flowers. Is there a secret to growing sweet peas?<br><br><br><br>

Answer: First thing to do is get the soil tested at your local Extension Service(607-272-2292).The pH should be 6.0-7.0. They don't require lots of additional fertilizer. Usually a 3-4 inch layer of compost worked into the soil in spring is enough. <br><br>Peas do poorly in hot weather. They should be planted early(4-6 wks. before last spring frost)-or late(10-12 wks. before first fall frost) they can enjoy cool temperatures.<br><br>All cultivars enjoy some type of support. Stick "brushy" branches into bush type pea rows to serve as support. Bush types should be planted about 1 inch deep and apart in double rows spaced about 6 inches apart. That's close, but they help support one another, in fact, don't bother to thin them! Tall varieties planted about an inch apart in single rows should have a trellis to climb. <br>Another thing to remember is that peas need to have adequate moisture when they are blooming. Mulch the ground with a 3-4 inch layer of mulch and keep them well watered.<br>

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