How to Start Pea Seeds


Peas, members of the legume family, are packed with nutritional value. According to The World's Healthiest Foods, peas are rich in vitamins C and K, along with dietary fiber, potassium and folic acid. With English, snap, snow and Southern varieties, peas are a versatile vegetable used in everything from salads to soups. Peas, which grow on vines, require full to partial sunlight, well-draining soil and the support of trellises, stakes or fences for optimum growth.

Step 1

Place pea seeds in a bowl and cover with water. Garden Action recommends soaking peas for four hours before planting.

Step 2

Fill peat pots with slightly moistened potting mix.

Step 3

Sow one to two seeds per pot at a depth of 1 inch then cover lightly with soil.

Step 4

Water the peat pots lightly to settle soil around the seeds.

Step 5

Place the peat pots in a warm, sunny location. Germination typically takes six to 36 days.

Step 6

Remove the weakest seedling in each pot by gently pulling it out of the soil when peas have developed two to three sets of true leaves.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Peat pots
  • Seed-starting potting mix
  • Tray


  • Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet: Growing Peas and Snap Beans in the Home Garden
  • Garden Action: How to Grow Peas
  • Weekend Gardener: Peas
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