Would you loike to grow crispy pea shoots in 12 days.
You can easily grow your own pea shoots in soil. Here I will show you the step-by-step method.
PEA SHOOTS IN OR WITHOUT SOIL
TWO SMART METHODS
You can grow your pea shoots either in soil or without soil. Without soil, you can let the pea shoots grow in your SproutPearl sprouter. This is called aeroponic cultivation, because the roots ‘float’ in the air, as you know from sprouts.
Peas will grow just fine with both methods as peas themselves are very rich in nutrition. They can therefore support pea shoots well for both 1st and 2nd set of leaves without getting any nourishment from soil or fertilizer.
Only if you want pea shoots with more than 2 sets of leaves, the plants will need a little extra nourishment. They can get this by you planting them in soil following the method you can find below on this page.
But if you prefer to grow your pea shoots in your pure SproutPearl sprouter without soil, the plants just need a little liquid fertilizer. You will need to add this as their third set of leaves start to develop and until you harvest the shoots. You can find that method in the blog post Pea shooth without soil >READ PEA SHOOTS WITHOUT SOIL
GROW YOUR OWN PEA SHOOTS
To grow pea shoots in soil you need:
Organic peas of good germination quality
That is, fresh peas with a high germination ability. Spotted, frozen, pickled or heat-treated peas do not produce healthy, organic peas. But organic, peas for sprouting do.
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Organic potting soil of pure plant material
Young plants can only absorb very little nourishment. Therefore, the soil for your pea shoots should be sold for young seedlings. You can find organic seedling soil at most nurseries.
Cool, clean, drinkable water
When the water from your kitchen faucet is drinkable, your pea shoots will do just fine with this. It does not need to be specially cleansed to give good pea shoots.
HOW TO GROW PEA SHOOTS
1) A FRESH SOAKING
Growing quick pea shoots is easy. The first step is to give the dry peas a fresh bath. When you start out by soaking your organic peas in a glass of water, they will absorb all the water it usually takes them a few days to take in from wet soil. Therefore, soaking saves cultivation time and the soaking also gives your peas a really good start.
You can see when the peas have absorbed enough water. They are ready when they are completely round and the surface is no longer wrinkled. This typically takes 4-8 hours depending on the pea quality.
2) THE GERMINATION STARTS
When your organic peas have absorbed enough water, their germination will start immediately. You can choose to let them grow a day’s time in your soilless sprouter if you want to enjoy watching them grow a little. All types of sprouters are good to sprout peas. You can even make a Homemade sprout jar > If you choose a transparent glass jar for the purpose, you can see your pea sprouts clearly. If you prefer to plant the peas in their pots immediately, you can also do so instead.
3) INTO THE POT
Whether you have enjoyed watching the peas sprout a day or two in your sprouter or not, now is the time to plant them in your pot. You can choose all types of pots. The only need for the plants is that excess water can drain away. The best pots are made from terracotta rather than plastic as the terracotta will allow the roots to get more oxygen.
Spread the peas in a single layer on top of 7-10 cm soil. You can help them by putting the peas so the white tip faces upwards in the pot.
There should be about 2-4 cm of soil on top of the peas. The amount of soil gives the roots a good adhesion basis.
TIPS FOR ORGANIC SOIL
Organic soil + organic peas = organic pea shoots. You can find delicious, organic soil in garden centers. I prefer soil made from pure plant material with vegetable fertilizers of lupins, etc. This type of soil need not be heat treated.
It is also important that the soil is not too nutritious. Seedling soil is a good choice as it is intended for young plants with little nutritional need. You can find 100% organic soil from pure plant material from many manufacturers all over the world.
If you can only find organic soil with animal manure, I recommend that you choose soil that has been heat treated. This is how harmful bacteria are neutralized and you can then still enjoy your pea shoots in doors.
4) WATER YOUR PEAS
Once you have planted the peas, you should water the soil well this first time. The next few days, the soil should just be slightly moist all the time. It is important that the soil does not dry out completely while the pea shoots are small. When the plants grow larger and more robust, they thrive with 1-2 days between each watering. If at all possible your plants will prefer if you simply soak the pot from below in stead of pouring water from above. With the soaking the plants will loose less nutrients from the soil.
5) THE MAGICAL WAIT
The waiting time is magical when you grow your own pea shoots. The small plants will poke their first shot through the soil after just 6 days. It may take a little longer in the winter than in the summer.
After 2 weeks, the pea shoots will have become 10-15 cm long. You can now cut and eat the tops. If you do not wish to let them continue to grow, you can simply cut the stems 1 cm above the ground. In the latter case they will not grow any further. In the first case the plants will shoot and continue to grow letting you harvest from them again and again.