Once you know how to grow peas indoors, you’re going to want to try every type of sugar, snow, shell, and snap pea. With a simple setup and some seeds, you can grow peas for pea pods or shoots right inside your home.
Along with peas, indoor vegetable gardening shows you how to grow many different veggies and herbs in the same space.
Growing Peas Indoors
A Delicious Surprise!
Many gardening guides list seeds that can be started indoors, while others are better off sown directly in the ground. Peas are one of those plants that flourish with direct outdoor sowing (and do not like being transplanted).
However, one year I decided to try starting peas indoors to see how they would perform. I proceeded to forget about them (but still watered all of the plants) and when I finally checked, they were filled with pea pods! I love pea shoots in my daily salads so this was a very happy discovery.
How To Grow Peas Indoors
1 Sow Pea Seeds
Sow the peas as directed on the seed package.
Use organic growing medium suitable for vegetables.
I’ve tried at least a dozen different varieties over the years and all of them provided pea shoots and often peas as well.
- Oregon Giant peas
- Dwarf Grey Sugar peas
- Super Sugar Snap peas
- Little Marvel peas
- Green Arrow peas
- Purple Mist Organic peas
Use whatever variety you want and keep track of how it grows.
2 Provide Light
Keep the grow lights on at least 8-10 hours a day.
Alternately you can grow them near a window receiving 8 hours of full sun per day. You can see my grow light setup here including details on exactly which bulbs I like to use.
Water as needed.
3 Add Trellis
Provide trellis or supports as the vines grow.
I’ve done this with and without supports. Without supports the plant flops over but still produces pods.
I like using trellis to provide better air flow and make it easy to reach all parts of the plants.
Water as needed and tie to trellis as it grows.
I use individual pieces of grid wire storage shelves as indoor trellis:
Harvest the pea shoots for salads and pick the pods regularly and the plants should last for several months.
5 Sow More
After about three months, start a fresh batch so you’ll have more ready when these ones are done.
While indoor peas are very good, there is nothing quite as sweet and delicious as peas grown directly outdoors in cooler spring or fall weather.
This guide will help you choose different varieties to try:
Let me know any food you like to grow indoors. There’s lots of possibilities.
If you want step-by-step instructions, these will help.
- Growing Salads Indoors: A beginner’s guide to producing healthy delicious greens in your home year-round. Excellent way to get started.
- Indoor Kitchen Gardening: Turn your home into a year-round vegetable garden. Great for anyone ready to grow a variety of veggies indoors.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛