Just over 4 weeks from sowing, Kris’s sweet peas are ready for potting on. Here’s his daughter Ruby showing off the healthy young plants. The Haxnicks root trainers have encouraged really strong root growth, leading to fast, vigorous shoot growth.

 

Sweet pea root trainer and Ruby with the Sweet Pea ‘Eleanore Udall’

Sweet pea root trainer and Ruby with the Sweet Pea ‘Eleanore Udall’

 

Looking to produce the earliest flowers possible, the plants are now in a Tower Pot. All but the strongest side shoots have been retained, concentrating plant energy into a single stem for the fastest growth.  A few hours of supplementary lighting in the morning and evening should see the plants quickly cover the frame.

 

Tower Pot for Sweet peas

Tower Pot for Sweet peas

 

There’s still plenty of time to sow sweet peas for summer. The easy-sow seeds can be sown outside through March and April, where they are to grow. Why not join Kris and Ruby and grow Sweet Pea ‘Eleanore Udall’. Not only will you have a garden full of scent and colour this summer, you’ll be raising vital funds for the charity Thrive, which uses therapeutic horticulture to bring positive change to those with ill health or disability, or are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable.

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