The Q&A Archives: Soil Temperature For Peas

Question: Could you tell us the correct soil temperature for our zone to promote pea germination?

Answer: Peas germinate at a fairly wide range of soil temperatures from about the mid forties to the upper seventies, so that is often not the cause for a problem with pea germination. If you are having trouble, you might try soaking the pea seeds in water for a few hours immediately before planting, and you might also try using an inoculant intended for peas at planting time. Finally, the seeds may rot in cold weather if the soil is overly wet. Peas are a cool season crop so they are usually planted in very early spring as soon as the soil can be worked.

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