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Calgary Alberta (Zone 4a)
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j52
Apr 2, 2017 9:29 AM CST
I noticed sweet pea pods all over the vines on my neighbours garage wall. He's elderly and wasn't able to pull up the vines last fall.
Are these seeds still viable after being out over winter, Alberta winters are wicked?
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Apr 2, 2017 10:19 AM CST
One way to find out: take a few and plant them, or try sprouting them in a damp paper towel. Smiling
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j52
Apr 2, 2017 12:04 PM CST
woofie said:One way to find out: take a few and plant them, or try sprouting them in a damp paper towel. Smiling


Perfect, that's what I'll do and thanks.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Apr 2, 2017 12:57 PM CST
Are you familiar with the damp paper towel method of seed sprouting? Put the seeds on a moist paper towel, fold it up, put it into a plastic baggie and set it in a warm spot. With those sweet pea seeds, I'd soak them overnight first.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
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j52
Apr 2, 2017 3:01 PM CST
Thanks woofie , I get some soaking overnight.
Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
Apr 2, 2017 3:34 PM CST
Hi there!

Those seeds might still be good. MIGHT. When I lived in North Idaho, We had harsh winters. After the winter, we had our compost pile sprout some pumpkin plants from our Halloween pumpkins seeds.

It might work with your peas, I am not sure, but its worth a try!

Good luck!

Jared
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Apr 3, 2017 5:02 AM CST
jnicholes said:Hi there!

Those seeds might still be good. MIGHT. When I lived in North Idaho, We had harsh winters. After the winter, we had our compost pile sprout some pumpkin plants from our Halloween pumpkins seeds.

It might work with your peas, I am not sure, but its worth a try!

Good luck!

Jared


If they are hybrids, they may well grow, but you might not like the results. Hybrids that grow revert to the parent plants a la Mendel. And modern hybrids can come from plants you wouldn't grow deliberately.

Calgary Alberta (Zone 4a)
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j52
Apr 3, 2017 5:39 AM CST
I'm always up for an experiment. Thanks everybody.

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