Sweetpeas are a garden favourite to get the best from them you need to give them the best start possible.
Sweetpeas are easy to sow and grow. They can be sown in a large pot to start them off. This saves space at a time when greenhouse room is at a premium.
2. remove seedlings from the pot
Gentle tease the seedlings out of the pot, taking care not to damage the roots.
3. Gently split in half
Firstly split the whole pot of seedlings in half, by drawing your fingers through the roots.
4. Divide into small groups of seedlings
Gently divide the seedlings into small groups of four or five plantlets.
5. Start potting
Half fill a 9cm plant pot with a good quality potting compost. See our Discover article Where in the World
6. Make sure the plantlets are central
It is important to make sure that the plants are central to the top as this ensures even grown and strong plants.
7. Backfill and firm
Ensure that the compost is all the way around the roots and that it is firmly pressed. Do not overfill your pot as the compost will wash off when the plants are being watered onto your greenhouse benches. This can cause contamination or provide a growing media for weeds to invade.
8. Ready to put onto the bench
Check your plants at this stage to make sure that no damage has occurred while they have been potted.
9. Check root development
In about a weeks time check the plants root development, if it has reached the bottom of the pot then this is the perfect time to pinch out the top growth. This will encourage the plant t o produce side shoots and extra flowering stems.
10. Perfectly ready for pinching the tops out.
Top growth and root development ready to pinch out the growing tips. Be brave its for the good of the plant.
11. Pinch tops out
For this task you can use your finger and thumb or a pair of snips,
12. The finished plant
It looks like you are being really hard on the plant- but it will thank you. Take the plant down to three or four groups of leaves.
13. Spot the difference
A before and after. This activity can be carried out a couple times before planting out your sweetpeas into their final position.