I’ve always read that peas are best sown directly outdoors. Then I saw a couple of English sources stating inside was the way to go. (Actually, what I really did was crush on Sarah Raven’s video on growing sweet peas with Rootrainers and decided I had to try it!)
On Valentine’s Day, I sowed 3 different types of peas in my new Rootrainers. Two were sweet peas, chosen for their beautiful delicate flowers and fitting for the holiday. The other pea was a shelling pea; an impulse buy while perusing Sustainable Seed Company.
A pea plant has a long taproot that needs a deep space to properly develop. Traditional propagation pots aren’t deep enough. Rootrainers provide the necessary depth and improve upon traditional growing pots with vertical channels. The vertical channels along the pots walls direct lateral root shoots to also grow downward. Rootrainers allow you to start peas indoors without sacrificing the quality of the pea’s roots.
For a fabulous explanation on the “twiddly twiddly” advantage of the Rootrainers, you must check out Sara Raven’s video!
I wasn’t able to find Rootrainers in SF, but I was able to find them on Amazon. There are also a lot of English garden companies that carry them, but you will need to pay international shipping.
I’m always frustrated with the number of pea seeds I end up sowing just for a few growing vines. Slugs, snails, and birds, who LOVE a freshly sown pea, seem to thwart my best efforts. Hopefully, my new Rootrainers will solve this problem and give them the head start they need to properly resist my hungry friends.
Grow little peas grow! I’ll let you know how they do.