How to Soak Pea Seeds Before Planting


Peas are a cool weather crop and the small round seeds are usually some of the first sown in a garden site. Depending on your location and climate, different pea plant varieties can be planted almost year round to provide the gardener with a fresh supply. Soaking pea seeds may hasten germination of the seed.

Step 1

Select a plastic container that will hold water. It is best if the container is wide enough at the opening that you can reach inside and pull out individual seeds. In this way, the same container is utilized for soaking and planting.

Step 2

Place the pea seeds inside the container.

Step 3

Cover the seeds with water. Soak the seeds from 12 hours to 24 hours prior to planting.

Step 4

Pour the water from the seeds. Discard any exterior husks that have fallen from the pea seed. Typically the husks will be floating on the surface of the water, and are easily poured or rinsed from the container. You will see that the pea seed has expanded, and some of the pods may have split open slightly.

Step 5

Dust the moist pea seeds with a bacterial inoculant. The bacterial inoculant will increase the germination rates of the pea seeds.

Step 6

Plant the seeds immediately. Do not allow the seeds to dry out after soaking.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic container
  • Pea seeds
  • Water
  • Bacterial inoculant (optional)


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