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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Jan 27, 2015 2:00 PM CST
There's been a number of annuals that i cant grow since i moved to TX. One of them is sweetpeas. I love sweetpeas. Doesnt matter where, how, or when they are planted, they wont germinate. So, ive bought them again, soaked them, and sowed the seeds 1" deep this january before it gets hot. 5 different varieties are labeled so if one grows, i can get it again.
Spencer, old spice, royal, perennial, and melody. Would have bought more if the seed company had them.
Anyone else in TX, zone 8 have success with sweetpeas?
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 28, 2015 10:53 AM CST
I tried with sweet peas one year here in FL. I'm zone 9a. They sure do have the most heavenly scent, don't they?

Started the seeds in December, so that they were getting to blooming size just when the weather started warming up in February. They bloomed nicely for about a month, then something developed a taste for them, and they gave up.

I think the 'secret' is starting the seeds when the weather's still cold, and don't water too heavily before they are up or the seed rots. Protect the little plants on cold nights so they don't freeze and don't expect them to keep blooming very long once it really gets warm. The Pacific Northwest is The Place for growing sweet peas. They just love the long spring and cool, moist weather up there. I'd go for a spot with afternoon shade to try to keep them going a bit longer.

I gave up after that one effort, as it seemed like too much trouble for too little reward. Yours may bloom longer than mine did, though as you are further north.

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jan 28, 2015 10:58 AM CST
I tried for a couple of years starting the seeds in late October - they did great until the night time temperatures were in the 70's then they curled up and died. I finally gave up. I think Zone 8 is just too warm for these guys.
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jan 28, 2015 9:13 PM CST
Well, I have grown them since I moved down to GA over four years ago. And I find volunteers every spring. Now, that said, the seed I have is a very old perennial unknown variety from my mother. I will be starting some seeds in a few weeks in paper pots. I like to plant in paper pots because they develop a long root quickly and it gets disturbed less that way.

If you want some seeds I have lots. SASE cause I am not good anymore about mailing things otherwise. Tree mail me if you want some. I'll see if I can find a photo.
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Jan 28, 2015 9:27 PM CST
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woofie
Jan 29, 2015 9:23 PM CST
I start them indoors, too. I have never had any luck trying to plant them directly in the ground. And the seedlings don't seem to mind being moved about. I don't think the seeds keep very long tho. Couple of years, maybe.
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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Jan 29, 2015 9:31 PM CST
Thanks @abhege, if they dont come up, ill treemail you.
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Calif_Sue
Feb 1, 2015 1:42 PM CST

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Xeramtheum said:I tried for a couple of years starting the seeds in late October - they did great until the night time temperatures were in the 70's then they curled up and died. I finally gave up. I think Zone 8 is just too warm for these guys.


We have a sweet pea vendor here in town Enchanting Sweet Peas so they do very well in zone 9. We just don't have the warm nights and humidity so that may be the difference.
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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Feb 1, 2015 1:48 PM CST
I used to buy those when i lived in Healdsburg, @Calif_Sue. It was tough there too, but i got some. Seb, is very different from Healdsburg.
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Feb 1, 2015 1:51 PM CST

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Healdsburg is slightly warmer day and night temps!
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