Inoculating Peas - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by akes5
January 19, 2000
I have planted snap peas and they are just beginning to sprout. I just received a sample of pea inoculant. Will it do the peas any good to sprinkle it on the soil now? Is that a waste of time. Should I save it and use it next time?

Answer from NGA
January 19, 2000
The inoculant is used to coat seeds prior to sowing. Save the inoculant for next time you plant seeds. Then, just before planting, moisten the seeds and shake them in a bag with the powdery innoculant until the seeds are coated. Inoculant contains helpful bacteria that take airborne nitrogen and make it available to legume plants such as peas and beans.

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