How to Help Your Peas to Germinate Faster
Does soaking pea seeds speed germination?
Soaking pea seeds does speed up germination a bit, but in my tests it did not produce larger plants, which probably means the harvest will not be any quicker. Provided your soil is wet, or you water regularly, there seems to be very little value in soaking pea seeds before planting.
Why won't my pea seeds germinate?
Peas might not germinate for a variety of reasons. Check that your batch of seeds isn't expired or older than 2 years. Directly sown peas might not germinate in temperatures that are below 38F or above 75F. Waterlogged soil will cause pea seeds to rot.
What is the best way to germinate peas?
Sow peas in two parallel lines, spacing the seeds about 10cm apart. Cover the seeds with soil, water well and label the row. The seedlings should appear in one or two weeks. Alternatively, start plants indoors in autumn to avoid seeds being eaten by pests.
Should pea seeds be soaked in water before planting?
Some pea (Pisum sativum) seeds will look wrinkled. Most of them have hard coats, and all benefit from soaking before planting. Soak them overnight in warm water. This will expedite the germination process.
Do peas need heat to germinate?
Peas (Pisum sativum) are members of the legume family, and they grow best when they're grown as cool season annuals. Successful pea germination requires temperatures between 40 F to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and an optimum temperature is around 75 F, according to Cornell University's Growing Guide for Peas.
How do you germinate peas indoors?
How do I help my peas grow?
Place stakes every few feet behind your peas and string a sturdy cotton twine along the middle and tops of the stakes. The twine is an adequate pea plant support. You may find some vines climbing the stakes. Old farm fencing or chicken wire is another means of supporting pea plants.
How deep do you plant pea seeds?
Seeds should be planted at a depth of ½–1 inch and between 2–3 inches apart. Space rows of peas at least 18 inches apart.
How do you start peas from seed?
Sow seed in peat pots 2 to 3 weeks before planting out if you want to start plants indoors. Sow seed ½ to 1 inch (2.5 cm) deep. In the garden, space peas 2 to 3 inches (5-7.5 cm) apart; later thin successful plants to 4 inches (10 cm) apart. Install wire or strong supports between posts for bush varieties.
How long soak peas for planting?
How long do you soak peas before planting? You should soak your peas for at least 8 hours (overnight) but no more than 24 hours. You want the pea seeds to rehydrate and look like normal (un-dried) peas.
Do peas need darkness to germinate?
Germinating pea seeds do not need light to complete the first stage of their growth, all of which takes place below the soil. A small root is the first thing to emerge on one end of the seed, followed by a small sprout bearing two small leaves called a cotyledon.
How often should I water my peas?
Water deeply once a week. Never allow the soil to dry out totally or you'll drastically reduce pea production. The critical time for watering is when the plants are blossoming and producing pods. When pods are maturing in hot weather, water daily if needed to maintain pod quality.
Is it too late to sow peas?
Pea seeds can be sown directly into the soil outdoors from February through to June. If the weather is unseasonably cold, start your peas off in a greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill, and transfer your seedlings into the garden when temperatures rise.
Can you start peas in pots?
If you are without a garden proper or just low on yard space, most vegetables can be grown in containers; this includes growing peas in a container. Peas can be planted in a pot and kept inside or outside on a deck, patio, stoop, or roof.
How long does it take green beans to germinate?
Green beans may also be purchased as seedlings or you can start them yourself indoors. Three weeks before transplanting outdoors, sow seeds in sterile seed-starting mix kept at a temperature between 60° and 85° Fahrenheit, and they will germinate in 5 to 10 days.