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Topic by Cindy posted 04-18-2011 11:26 PM 1045 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Cindy

346 posts in 1370 days
hardiness zone 6

04-18-2011 11:26 PM

I have a losing battle with sweet pea – I didn’t get them pulled up last year before they exploded with seeds. I actually lilke the look of them, sort of a green mulch, but are they stranglers? Will they be a pest I should tear up now? They are mostly in the beds with daylilies and iris, tall plants they can scramble up…
any opinions?

Thanks! Cindy
PS – I should make note that these are some kind of wild, feral little sweet pea – not something I planted.

-- ~ Cindy, Virginia Appalachians, UDSA Hardiness Zone 6 ~



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MsDebbieP

14683 posts in 2659 days
hardiness zone 5b

04-18-2011 11:48 PM

I have a sweet pea plant that looks love and/but climbs all over my bushes and other plants in the area.
Some day I’ll probably rip it up and either plant it somewhere else or just do without sweet peas.
They might look nice climbing up a fruit tree but I don’t think I’ll do that.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Bon

7374 posts in 2439 days
hardiness zone 5a

04-19-2011 02:05 PM

I had a garden once where they completely took it over.The tubers went about a foot down in the soil and under rocks and the vines took out everything in their path.It took me hours to rip out those tubers so I could plant other things in this garden.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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jroot

5066 posts in 2289 days
hardiness zone 5a

04-19-2011 10:38 PM

I love my perennial sweet peas, but I have them in a very specific location where they are easy to control. The annual sweet peas are easy to pull out, but I am going to plant them near the front porch this year, I think.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Cindy

346 posts in 1370 days
hardiness zone 6

04-20-2011 04:12 PM

Thanks folks - Sadly, you all reinforced what I already knew deep down; I’m just lazy, and I need to get out there and weed – lol. It wouldn’t be so bad if it would only stop raining and the winds would die down! This is the windiest I can remember it being since I moved here many years ago. It’s been blowing non-stop since November. They are already forming seed pods, I better get on it…

-- ~ Cindy, Virginia Appalachians, UDSA Hardiness Zone 6 ~

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jroot

5066 posts in 2289 days
hardiness zone 5a

04-20-2011 11:16 PM

Give the seeds to friends ( or enemies LOL). I’m sure they would appreciate the gesture. ;-)

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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