Sweet Pea Plants

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  2. How Do I Make My Sweet Peas Hardy
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  4. Bush Cucumbers/Sweet Peas
  5. Transplanting Perennial Sweet Peas
  6. Do Ants Eat Sweet Pea Vines?
  7. Black Insects in Sweet Peas
Asked by Anonymous on April 1, 2011
Sweet Peas

When raising sweet peas from seed, should the young plants be pinched, and if so, by how much and at what height?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yes, pinching makes for a fuller plant. When the seedlings have 3-4 sets of "true" leaves, just nip off the very end of the plant, just a centimeter or two is all you need to take off.

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Asked by MICKEYJANK on April 6, 2011
How Do I Make My Sweet Peas Hardy

They die back each year but don’t return.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It sounds as if you may be growing the annual sweet pea variety rather than the perennial, which returns each year. Make sure you are growing the right one. If you are growing the perennial variety (Lathyrus latifolius), they will reseed themselves each year. Lathyrus odoratus is the annual type.

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Asked by Anonymous on April 20, 2011
Sweet Pea

How does changing the type of water affect the growth of a sweet pea plant?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Different waters have different minerals and nutrients.

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Asked by Anonymous on May 9, 2011
Bush Cucumbers/Sweet Peas

Can you tell me what bush cucumbers are? Can sweet peas be grown in an upside down garden?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Bush cucumbers are cucumbers in which the vines grow in a more compact shape.

You can try to grow sweet peas upside down, but they will most likely climb back up the side of the container as they like to hold onto things and climb upward.

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Asked by Anonymous on August 31, 2011
Transplanting Perennial Sweet Peas

How and when can you transplant a perennial sweet pea? I live in Zone 3-4.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

In your area, it would probably be better to wait until spring for transplanting. Try to keep the root ball together. Plant it at the same depth it was originally growing. Lightly firm the soil around it and water. Wait 7-10 days and then add some mulch but be sure to keep the mulch at least an inch away from the stem of the plant. It may also be helpful to trim off any blooms that may be present to reduce shock while the plant establishes itself.

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Asked by Woods on September 12, 2011
Do Ants Eat Sweet Pea Vines?

I have Sweet Pea Vines growing over an ant hill. Will the vines thrive there or would some other vine be better?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

They should be fine. Ants normally only bother plants if the plants get infested with aphids (the ants feed off aphid secretions). So, they should not bother your sweet peas as long as they are healthy.

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Asked by Anonymous on July 30, 2012
Black Insects in Sweet Peas

How do I get rid of hard, black insects in sweet peas?

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Nikki
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