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How to get straight stems on sweet peas

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Sweet peas look at their best in vases when they have lovely straight stems and in the garden when the plant grows upright.

If left to their own devices the tendrils will take over and spoil the appearance of the plant and the flowers. The images left show the tendrils. They look as if they are there to help support the plant as it climbs, which they are and they aren't really. Some tendrils about 10/15% are Ok but the full 100% as you can see starts to choke the plant, distorts the natural growth and wraps itself around any thing it can grab on to, which is usually other parts of the sweet pea plant. This makes the plant bunch up, and causes the stems to curve as in the middle left image. It also means if you are growing sweet peas alongside other plants, say Clematis, there is a risk it will grip that plant as well.


Take off the tendrils, snipping them off across the plant. It maybe necessary to tie in the sweet peas a little once the tendrils are removed but removal does make sure that grows upright and doesn't become a tangled mess at the middle and top.

The image in bottom left shows just how many can be easily cut off in just one week.

You can pick as many sweet peas as you want, the more you pick the more sweet peas grow and bloom. Last year my sweet peas flowered right into October. Sweet peas are a plant which really benefit from picking.



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  1. Heather

    could you tell me why every year I start off with lovely long stems but very quickly I start getting short stemmed blooms of no more than 3". It is very disheartening. Thank you

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