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fatsher
Jun 1, 2020 9:45 AM CST
They are about 6" tall and are reaching the slats of a tower that are 3/4" wide and 3/8" deep that run vertically. I've even put a chop stick next to one to see t=if they needed something thinner, but they won't grab hold.
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central ohio (Zone 5b)
PlantingOaks
Jun 1, 2020 9:55 AM CST
Just wait.

Peas climb with special tendrils, not primarily much by wrapping their main stems around things.

You can see the far left of your seedlings is just starting to make one of these tendrils. As they grow, they will make more.

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If they start flopping over before they latch onto the support, you can prop them up, or tie them loosely in place with until they can reach themselves.
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BigBill
Jun 1, 2020 9:58 AM CST
You are jumping the gun! Your peas need to be around a foot tall before they start climbing. You are at best, half way there.
Sit back, relax, have a little red wine after dinner, they'll climb soon enough.
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PlantingOaks
Jun 1, 2020 9:58 AM CST
This picture has lots of mature tendrils, but I couldn't find one on site showing how they clasp on to something.


This link has a photo of the tendrils wrapped around a stick.
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