How to Soak Pea Seeds


While there is no proven data to support soaking pea seeds before planting, many gardeners swear by the method. Numerous companies also offer an innoculant, which you mix with water. The claim is that the innoculant increases germination percentages of the pea seeds. The choice to soak pea seeds is entirely up to you. The practice of soaking will not harm the seed.

Step 1

Measure out the quantity of pea seed you plan to plant. Peas are planted two seeds every 4 to 6 inches in the row, so plan accordingly.

Step 2

Place the seed in a container, such as a bucket or large plastic bowl.

Step 3

Cover the seed with water and allow the seed to soak for two to 24 hours. Drain off the water.

Step 4

Apply the innoculant to the seeds immediately after soaking. Ensure that the seeds are completely covered in the innoculant before planting.

Step 5

Plant the seeds directly into the prepared rows.

Things You'll Need

  • Container
  • Innoculant (optional)


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