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post Raising Sturt’s Desert Pea

September 23rd, 2008

Filed under: Greening Copley — newseditor @ 7:55 pm

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Pamela has handed over her secret for raising the Sturt’s Desert Peas:

Pour boiling water over the seeds and leave them submerged for a few days until they grow their first shoots. Then carefully scoop them up in a spoonful of water and transplant them very gently without handling them. You can plant them directly out into a sandy part of the garden but until they strengthen, give them a little bit of shade and keep them watered.

And that’s the trick. Something else Pamela has discovered that is worth keeping in mind when growing Sturt’s Desert Pea is that the seeds she has bought commercially have been non seed producing hybrids, so your best bet if you want to continue to grow this stunning biennial is to collect seeds from local seeding plants.

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