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May 10, 2009 01:25 PM

How long does it take peas to sprout

It's been two weeks and nothing has popped out of the ground. I've heard that peas are plants you want to plant in cold soil.

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  1. How cold is your area? I'm in Boston and planted mine 2 weeks ago and they're beginning to cling to the trellis.

    Perhaps your seeds are old . . .

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    1. re: alwayscooking

      Northwest Ohio...So about the same as you. The thing is I understand why my corn didn't pop. I just planted it too early.

      But it's my first year with peas...the ground is can smell the manaure when it's wet...and like I said planted the peas two weeks ago. You're prabably right in that I got bad seed.

      1. re: garfish

        I hate to ask this - it seems like a really dumb question - BUT - How long was your manure composted? If you used manure that was composted for 3 years or more it should not smell. It sounds like you may have used fresh manure which has not been composted long enough and hot enough to kill off pathogens which may be in the manure. Here's a good explanation of the whys and wherefores:

        I'm sure you researched how to plant peas but for those who haven't I offer this all inclusive link:

        1. re: Gio

          This I don't know yet because I had the new topsoil hauled in to fill the railroad tie borders a bit higher. I did fertilze after planting as well so I've cosidered the soil was just too hot, but everything on the other side of the garden germinated just fine. Everything one one side of the garden is comming up just fine. But the parsley sets I put out on the other side of the garden seem to be yellowing and almost none of the seeds on that side of the garden germinated. I could put the watermelon, corn, green beans just to being planted too cold...but the peas tell me its anoter problem. What's confusing me is why everything on the other side of the garden is doing so well.

          1. re: garfish

            garfish, it might just be time to have the soil in that part of your garden tested. It can be done by either your county extension service or the agriculture dept. at a state university. When I was studying for my master gardener certification we were told not to use "top soil" because one never really knows where the soil came from. If one side of your garden is maintaining growth, it could be there are toxins in the part not doing so. You'll never know unless the soil is tested. You call for a Soil Test kit and you'll receive plastic bags and very simple instructions. You return the package with your soil, it's tested and then you'll receive a printout of the components of your soil, what it's lacknig and exactly what you need to do to augment the soil so you'll have optimum growth.

            It's a shame to have done so much work and spend so much money and get no results. Good Luck to you. It's all fixable.

            Edit: The cost for a soil test is minimal.... about 3.50 - 5.00$.

            1. re: Gio

              You're right. A little background. the garden is small, just two railroad ties long by one wide with another that divides it into two equal parts. when I went out this morning the left side had tons on baby weeds that had to be hoed in. The other side not even a weed. They must have put all the manure on one side.

              But I will take your advise and get both sides tested. Thanks for the input.

        2. re: garfish

          It's unlikely you got seed so bad the germination rate was 0% unless you found the worst supplier in the country. If you want to be sure, wrap a few seeds in a paper towel, put it in a small bowl and keep the towel damp for 5 or 6 days. They should sprout by then. Biggest problems I've had with peas were: 1. weather too hot, and 2. soil too moist (fungus destroys seeds before they germinate).

          If it's still cold, two weeks isn't all that long. Maybe they'll pop up in a few days. If you want to plant another batch, try soaking the the seeds a few hours before planting.

          1. re: Zeldog

            both my peas and radish seeds took quite a bit longer than advertised to sprout this year, I think because it was relatively cool. But sprout they did. (I planted mine about 3 weeks ago in southern NY). My peas might have taken about two weeks. The second batch planted a week ago came up much quicker.

            1. re: Zeldog

              Hi, I'm in the Bay Area and I just planted favas two weeks ago. Still no sprouts. I wonder if my soil is too thick or if I buried too deep (2-3 inches). You mention the soil shouldn't be too moist, but I thought you had to water every day to get the bean to open up. I would think the temperature would be fine. Daytime air temps are around 70-75 F and nighttime get down to 45 F. We're definitely having a warm winter! Also, my soil has a mixture of top soil and fresh manure. My seedlings are doing fine. My garlic is starting to come up. I just can't get those favas to sprout.

        3. Peas are a cool season crop. Planting them in April or May seems a little late (at least it is out here in San Diego). My peas have come and gone. They were 5 feet tall but have all died from some 90+F weather we got a few weeks ago. I planted them back in february.

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          1. re: meadandale

            I just planted mine 1.5 weeks ago. Have not seen any sprouts yet.

            did you use a seed innoculant? I did this year, hope it will help. I only got about 50% germination last year. But last year they went in a little late (mid may).

            1. re: cleopatra999

              Seed innoculant, which supplies bacteria for fixing atmospheric nitrogen, will not help germination or prevent seed rotting. It will boost yields, though. Seed fungicide treatment helps prevent rot.

              Peas tolerate cool soil very well but do not like soggy, wet soil.

              1. re: Eldon Kreider

                thanks I was wondering what the innoculant was actually for :)

            2. re: meadandale

              uh San Diego and Ohio (which I think is where the OP lives) are kinda different climates. We have not yet hit our last frost free date in New York.

              1. re: DGresh

                Which is good because you should plant peas a good month and a half BEFORE your last frost date. ;-)

                1. re: meadandale

                  not necessarily. If the ground is very heavy and muddy (as it is in snowy climates) that can be much too early. I've been planting peas in NY for a *long* time.

                  1. re: meadandale

                    The rule for most northern areas is to plant peas when the ground is workable. I have had frozen ground in the top six inches a month before the 90 percent chance of last frost date. The most recent case is 2009. Planting in wet clay soil is a recipe for disaster because of variations of sidewall compaction. Your furrow walls have an effect similar to what you get with a potter's wheel. Good luck getting any roots to grow though that. Fear of of tire compaction and sidewall compaction is why corn planting is very far behind normal in Illinois and Indiana given the cold, wet weather this year. Planting based on a cookbook timing formula without regard to soil conditions is akin to broiling a steak over charcoal based on a cookbook formula. The real world has a lot more variables.

              2. My guess is it's one of a few things. By likelihood: planted too deep, soil too soggy for too long (or soil that can't/won't drain), uneven watering during germination, old or mistreated seeds, 'hot" or problem soil.
                Have you tried digging and looking for the seeds? Are any unused seeds left? Test them. My green beans took a long time to come up because it was cool and they were planted pretty deep. Peas, green beans and now limas got almost 100% germination without any special treatment. I'm in New Haven, CT (zone 6) area.

                1. I put in snap and sugar pod peas on April 1, but they didn't fool around. Popped up within a week or so in sandy soil (no incoculants-daily watering). (CT shore--Zone 6). I once lived in Ohio and think I remember that a week or so later was about right there. I haven't had as much luck if the pea seeds are more than 1 year old.

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                  1. re: DonShirer

                    I love green peas! unfortunately this year's extended cold and WET weather have conspired with the clay soil, and my seed have turned to fertilizer, oh well, peas really don't care for mud. even the highest row in my garded where I planted them did not yeild a single sprout. Yes, the row was high, and well mounded, but this much rain? should have planted rice! Good luck on the green peas!