Growing Difficulty: Advanced!
Pea microgreens are sweet, nutty and refreshing! They can be enjoyed raw as a garnish to sandwiches, salads, wraps, pasta dishes, stir frys or whatever else you can think up! They can also be used to make a sweet superfood smoothie or a bright and fresh pesto. Much like our other large seeded varieties, Peas also have some quirks to look out for to ensure a successful growth each time.
Under-Soaking! Since Peas have a larger than average seed size, under-soaking tends to happen more often than normal with this particular variety. This phenomenon occurs when the Seed Quilt does not absorb enough water during the soaking step of your set-up routine. This just means the quilt may not have been pressed down into the water enough for it to go through the mat and up to the seeds.
Resource: Soaking Blog, Soaking Video
Overwatering! Peas are at a high risk of overwatering because they can be sensitive to even a small amount of extra water. It's very important to keep an eye on the water level both prior to the soaking step and immediately following the soaking step. One thing we recommend is filling the tray just slightly below the fill line.Something to remember for all seed varieties is that you never want the seeds to be sitting in water. If your quilt is floating or submerged in water after the soaking step, it's best to dump a little out.
Resources: Soaking Blog, Soaking Video, Watering Tips, Root Hair Blog
Longer Peel Time! Most of our microgreens can begin to sprout anywhere between days 2-3 with the exception of a few varieties. The recommended peel time for Peas is between 8-10 days which is much later than most. Given that, the quilt itself will let you know when it’s ready to peel so be sure not to peel too early or too late.
Resources: How to Peel
Unsprouted Seeds! When growing Peas you may notice several unsprouted seeds within your quilt - This is totally normal! Peas in general have a lower germination rate so we do our best to pack the Seed Quilts with a lot of seeds to make up for it. This way you still have a full harvest despite some extra ungerminated seeds. Curious what you can do with those extra seeds? Well you can always try planting them in your garden or in a pot to see if they can yield a full grown plant!
Resources: Gardening Video, Micro-gardening Blog
If you are interested in seeing the growth journey for Springtime Peas be sure to check out its Growing Diary!