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'All off'

30 July 2014 23:20:05
Sweet pea 'Violet'

Sweet pea 'Violet'

I read that if you want to make sure your sweet peas continue to flower, cut all of the existing blooms off every week or so and the plants will respond with more blooms.  So tonight, armed with the secatures, I went out.  With each cut I made, 'all off' kept going through my head.  It comes from a scene in the film 'Roman Holiday' when Audrey Hepburn wanted her hair cut.  The barber cut a bit and another bit; finally agreeing to 'all off'.  In the film, once the job was completed, a beauty emerged.  As my cutting job was completed, I can't in all honesty say that a beauty emerged.  Quite the opposite - I looked in horror as the plant stood devoid of all flowers. 

In the meantime, I have a beautiful vase of blooms, giving off a wonderful fragrance.  I suppose that is the immediate beauty.  I just hope in a few days time, I shall see a new beauty emerge when loads of new blooms on my plant.

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Moya Moya 30 July 2014 23:25:27

Let us know how you get on Mairin. I have done this when I was going away but didn't really get the results I expected.

fran m fran m 30 July 2014 23:31:18

I think it may have been Monty I saw saying to do this some time back, I have been doing for the last few weeks and granted the plnat does look very bare, but 7/10 days later the plant is bursting into flower again. Working for me here, no doubt.

Joann Joann 30 July 2014 23:35:03

I did it yesterday, well almost, I did leave a few blooms as I find it hard to be totally ruthless. It does work though, I try to do it on a regular basis but as the summer goes on I start forgetting and then end up with lots of seed pods instead!

fran m fran m 30 July 2014 23:39:36

Joann I know what you mean, but once the seed pods are produce the flowering part of the plant shuts down, remove the seed pods and the flowering will start again ;)

Joann Joann 30 July 2014 23:52:00

Ya Fran but by the time I get to that stage its a huge tangled mess as I usually plant a few together, also by then both me and the plant are exhausted ha ha

fran m fran m 30 July 2014 23:55:54

Be strong Joann, be very strong.


Jacinta D Jacinta D 31 July 2014 07:09:52

This has been the worst year for sweet pea for me! 

Which ones are yours, Mairin? Love the colour.

Jackie Jackie 31 July 2014 08:00:28

Have to say this has been my best year ever for sweet pea. I have done exactly the same and I'm doing it every 3/4 days. I have a constant flow of Sweet Pea and have a small vase of them on the kitchen windowsill every day for the past few weeks. Just keep on cutting and they will come back. Lots and lots of them. Give them a small feed occasionally too. But keep on cutting. You will be rewarded tenfold. 

JimCal JimCal 31 July 2014 09:12:34

Sweet pea has been very poor for me this year. Very slow to start. Not good at cutting them but when I do it does pay off

JimCal JimCal 31 July 2014 09:12:37

Sweet pea has been very poor for me this year. Very slow to start. Not good at cutting them but when I do it does pay off

Clara Clara 31 July 2014 10:01:06

I can get the smell from here ...love them.


PCON PCON 31 July 2014 10:03:37

I see I am not the only one with poor results on Sweet Pea, this year. I have had better results every year, for ages. Glad to hear yours are good, Jackie. You seem to be the only one. I wonder why?

Mary B Mary B 31 July 2014 11:34:34

Now I don't feel so bad, my sweet pea are terrible this year too, so disappointing as they are usually a highlight.

Jackie Jackie 31 July 2014 13:49:24

Last year mine were a disaster. But when we cut back the old shrubs and they are getting plenty of light plus feeding then this year is excellent. That's the only difference. 

Moya Moya 03 August 2014 22:00:25

I am surprised to see that they are not doing well for some people as we had some good sun in June/July. I have had mixed results. Some are not taking off at all and others doing well and sometimes they are growing quite close to each other. Go figure?


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