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Simon05

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peas not germinating
« on: May 21, 2024, 11:50:57 »
Hi all,

I have been having trouble with my peas the last 2 couple of years, either they rot in the soil or only a few germinate outside, yet if I sow the same seed in a border in the greenhouse I get very good germination and lots of peas.  The only difference I have done the last 2 years is not scatter lime of the top once covered up. I have scraped away the soil and no peas at all in some cases.

any ideas? I understand the rotting is down to too wet soil. But no peas? could it be mice,birds, squirrels?

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Re: peas not germinating
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2024, 15:19:27 »
Have you ever tried this method ( as shown in week 16) https://www.thegardenersalmanac.co.uk/Content/P/Peas/Peas.htm

Over the last few years we have been getting much higher rainfall around the time we would be sowing pea seeds at least this method avoids this happening.

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Re: peas not germinating
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2024, 17:02:19 »
Thanks for the reply not tried that method but it's the way to go with all the rain

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Re: peas not germinating
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2024, 06:56:36 »
Iíve always had little or no germination from sowing pea seeds directly into the ground. Iíd be fairly certain itís small rodents.
Itís far more reliable to sow them either in modules or in lengths of guttering. Even then I would suspend them somehow from the roof of the greenhouse or sow them indoors to prevent mice reaching them.

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Re: peas not germinating
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2024, 10:02:17 »
I've successfully sown direct for years sowing Onward, Hurst, Blau Schoke and Sugar snap. However, I've Never had more than 4 germinate from full packets of Alderman or Telephone. It was Alderman this year. 4 growing. I think I'll have them up and get some cabbage in 😖
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Re: peas not germinating
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2024, 06:50:44 »
Thatís very odd, Timy Clanger. Your mice are very selective!
Were they sown at the same time? Iíve found with broad beans that I have success with direct sowing when the sowings are later. Presumably more available elsewhere by then.

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Re: peas not germinating
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2024, 17:50:15 »
Iíve always had little or no germination from sowing pea seeds directly into the ground. Iíd be fairly certain itís small rodents.
Itís far more reliable to sow them either in modules or in lengths of guttering. Even then I would suspend them somehow from the roof of the greenhouse or sow them indoors to prevent mice reaching them.

thanks for the reply going to try guttering or modules next season

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Re: peas not germinating Jan G
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2024, 15:59:22 »
Hi Jan G,   :wave:

Its only the tall climbing peas I seem to have problems with. NEVER managed to get more than a couple germinated and growing. (4 this year -t hey have been grubbed up and collard greens put in) All the other peas are doing very well.  Broad beans: I sow Claudia direct in Early October and never had a failure yet. Double rows just over a meter tall and the beans are set.  Lord knows what goes wrong every time I try to grow the tall peas   :blob7:
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Re: peas not germinating
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2024, 16:10:54 »
Had that problem last year and suspected birds were the culprit so sowed some under netting and they grew OK. Thus year put fleece over them and had reasonable germination.
Other potential cause is loss of seed viability if the seed is more than a couple of years old. You can test viability of your pack by growing a few in a pot.

 

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