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pea shoots
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: June 02, 2007 03:37AM

hello forum! this is my first post....

i have only just got into sprouting and am about to get into juicing. it is quite literally the most fascinating subject i have come accross! i am enthralled!

could anybody out there tell me how to sprout pea shoots and the time they take.

thank you.

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Re: pea shoots
Posted by: la_veronique ()
Date: June 06, 2007 01:49PM

i would love to know too

i love peas

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Re: pea shoots
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: June 06, 2007 06:55PM

oh somebody please answer!

madame cholet!

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Re: pea shoots
Posted by: earthangel ()
Date: June 07, 2007 05:25AM

sorry wish i could help..but i don't even know about pea shoots haha..i sprout peas themselves right out of the organic packaged of dry peas....i don't know if you mean the same thing..sorry i am not sure..
love earhtangel

Much peace and love!!!

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Re: pea shoots
Posted by: earthangel ()
Date: June 07, 2007 05:30AM

okay well i did the work for you and researched it to find out the info hope you use this..good luck

Sprouting Instructions
How much you soak depends on the area you are planting - see here.
Yields 1-2 pounds per 11x22 inch tray.

Planting Medium: We have grown Pea Shoots - on soil - in Trays, for years. But, we now have two alternatives: Soilless mediums Baby Blanket and Vermiculite, and organic liquid kelp fertilizer (Kelpman). Baby Blanket is a thin organic material that you soak before planting upon. It holds moisture and is the least messy and compact medium we know of. Vermiculite is a mineral which holds moisture supremely, dispenses added nutrients over time and in general acts much like soil. We think you should try all of them if you can - there are differences and though they are minimal you may prefer one method over the other and the only way to know for sure is to try. Instructions are pretty much the same in all cases, but where there is a difference we include purple text like this.

Soil Note: Virtually any soil will do for Shoots. We use sterile bagged composted cow manure for everything else, but any sterile bagged soil will do and should cost less than $5 (for 40-50 pounds) at any garden center (depending on the general cost of living where you are of course). You can use expensive soil if you prefer - it is your choice - always. The deal is this - Greens (garden Greens anyway) are aided by the presence of the nutrient Nitrogen, in the soil. Nitrogen is the nutrient responsible for plant growth (a very good thing when growing lettuce or spinach, but too much nitrogen is bad if growing peas (except if growing for Shoots) or tomatoes or any plant where the fruit is what we want, as opposed to the plant itself). Manures come in various strengths depending on the animal that originally produced it. Too much nitrogen will burn plants - literally burn them - hence the word HOT is used in reference to nitrogen. The higher the nitrogen content the HOTTER the manure (or fertilizer) is considered. Cow manure is the least hot - it is perfect for our needs - it supplies the growing plants with a little extra boost. Chicken and other bird manures are much hotter and Worm castings are hotter still (worm castings are worm manure). The catch is this: Greens/Shoots, Grass and Sprouts are almost all too young to benefit from nitrogen, because for the most part every seed has all the nutrients it needs to grow to the cotyledon stage - which is all we do with any of our seeds. So - though it is contradictory, it is our experience that nitrogen does help Greens and Grass. Like we always say - EXPERIMENT FOR YOURSELF. In any case - a little nitrogen can't hurt.

Tray Note: Your Planting Tray (the one with the soil or medium in it) MUST have drainage holes or slits! Nothing will grow in a medium that can not drain - that condition is commonly called "flooded". When using Baby Blanket or Vermiculite your Planting Tray must also have drainage, but we do use the Drip Tray to hold some water at times in the growing process. (You'll see the TIP below - keep reading.)

When growing Pea Shoots: You really MUST Pre-Sprout before planting.


Put seed* into a bowl or your Sprouter.
Add 2-3 times as much cool (60-70 degree) water.
Mix seeds up to assure even water contact for all.
Allow seeds to Soak for 8-12 hours.

Empty the seeds into your sprouter if necessary.
Drain off the soak water.

Rinse thoroughly with cool (60-70°) water
and Drain thoroughly.

Set anywhere out of direct sunlight and at room temperature (70° is optimal) between Rinses.

Rinse and Drain again in 8-12 hours.
And, perhaps one more...
Rinse and Drain in 8-12 hours.
And, conceivably one more...
Rinse and Drain in 8-12 hours.

The goal is to have a small root before planting.

When most of the peas have sprouted tiny (1/8-1/4 inch) roots it is time to plant. This is typically after just 2-3 Rinse and Drain cycles.


Soil Note: The amount of soil you use is up to you. The reality is this: As your plants grow they need more and more water. They get their water from the soil. The more soil you use - the more water it can hold - the less you need to water.

Thoroughly moisten the soil. Allow puddles to dry.
Sometimes you may need to use your fingers to make sure the soil is moist all the way down to the bottom of the tray. Water, mix, water, mix, etc. Sometimes you don't have to do that.

Baby Blanket:
Prepare the pad: Cut it to fit your Tray if necessary. Soak it in water or better yet, Kelpman enriched water (You don't NEED fertilizer, but we use it when we grow without soil.) until thoroughly saturated (fold it up and push it into the liquid - use a pot or something similar to hold it). Unfold it and re-fold differently or do whatever makes sense - the goal is to get the pad THOROUGHLY soaked. Spread the wet pad across the bottom of your Planting Tray. Proceed...

Vermiculite absorbs liquid so readily and holds it so supremely that you need little of it. We use 3 Cups for an 11 x 11 inch tray and 6 Cups for an 11 x 22 inch tray. If you're using another size tray, make it 1/4 - 1/2 inch deep. Spray water evenly across the surface then spread it out as evenly as you can. We like to use Kelpman enriched water (You don't NEED fertilizer, but we use it when we grow without soil.) so we just pour it on until thoroughly saturated and then spread it out. The amount of liquid is this: a little more than one quart for an 11 x 22 inch tray. You don't want more than a little left in the Drip Tray. Pour off what water remains above the ridges of the Drip Tray. Proceed...

Spread seeds evenly on thoroughly moistened soil/medium.
We use a lot of Peas and though some literature will tell you that your seeds should not ever lay atop each other, we have found from years of experience and thousands of pounds of Greens/Shoots grown that that is bunk! You will learn for yourself that some Greens (like these) produce a plant that takes up less room than the seed and so, to maximize your yield your seeds must lay atop each other to some degree. The thing to watch is this: If you find mold or fungal problems in your Greens then lessen the amount of seed you plant. This is VERY rarely a problem with Pea Shoots, but Peas are a COOL weather crop in the garden. The hotter/more humid your climate is the more work Pea Shoots will be and the more of an issue the mold/fungus can be. As always, you need to adapt to your own climate and seasonal conditions. And learn as you go - this is really easy and fun stuff to learn!

Cover the planted tray
with an inverted tray (the Cover Tray) - to keep light out and moisture in.

Note: Your covering tray should have holes or slits in it so that some air circulation exists. Without this very minimal air flow you might have mold or fungal problems.

Place in a low-light, room temperature location. 70° is always optimal but these Shoots will grow very well in cooler or slightly warmer temperatures also.

Water lightly once or twice a day.
The goal is to keep the sprouts moist until their roots bury themselves in the soil/medium - at which point your goal is to keep the soil/medium moist. Spraying the sprouts is best - whether you use a garden hose sprayer, hand sprayer or faucet sprayer - just try to make sure that every sprout gets rinsed and quenched until they bury their roots. You may use Kelpman if you like.

Water the medium.
Once the roots are buried all you need to do is keep the medium moist - the seeds and subsequent Greens/Shoots will get the moisture they need through their roots. Water from the side if possible, to prevent injuring the tender Plants - though Pea Shoots ARE the strongest of Greens, so they won't fall over nearly as easily.

The Soilless alternative.
Vermiculite holds water better than anything, while Baby Blanket will dry out more quickly than soil in most circumstances, so you should either water more often or experiment with our somewhat risky trick:

Use the Drip Tray to hold some water. The roots will actually sit in this, so don't go crazy - too much can drown your plants and/or lead to fungal or mold problems. Just leave as much water as the Shoots can drink in a day and then add more the following day. The amount is dependant on the climate (humidity especially) you're growing in, so you'll have to learn this for yourself. We suggest that you start with 1-2 cups in the Drip Tray. Lift the Planting Tray to see how much is left after 4, 8 and 12 hours. If the Drip Tray is dry add more water - if there is still water 24 hours later then cut back the next time you add water. Pretty simple really, and not as risky as we make it sound - it is really a time saver and produces happier healthy Shoots.

Once again, we do recommend Kelpman enriched water for soilless growers. Soil growers may use it too of course, but the soil does have some nutrients already, so it is not nearly as important for you.

Uncover your Shoots
Wait 3-4 days until they are 1-2 inches tall or until they push the covering tray up (it really will do that - it is cool!)

Move to a well lit location to Green your Shoots (If you use direct sunlight (a very good idea for Greens/Shoots) be prepared to do more watering). Keep the soil/medium moist by watering the soil/medium daily. Watch them grow.

When the Shoots are about 2-4 inches tall and have green leaves - by cutting the plants just above soil or mediums surface.

If you are going to store your crop: During the final 8-12 hours minimize the surface moisture of your Shoots - they will store best in your refrigerator if they are dry to the touch. So if you water try to keep the water off the plants - just water the soil/medium.

Transfer your crop to a plastic bag or the sealed container of your choice - glass is good - and put them in your refrigerator.

Note: Shoots can produce a 2nd (smaller) crop but they are much too tough. Plant a new crop

* Note: If using Single Harvest Pack use the whole bag on our 5 inch tray (or similar).

Or Use:

1/4-1/2 Cup for a 5" square Tray.
1-1 1/2 Cup for an 11" square Tray.
2-3 Cups for an 11 inch x 22 inch Tray.

The surest way to know what amount of seed to use: Spread dry seed on the bottom of your sprouter so that the seed is spread evenly but densely.

Once again: We use a lot of Seeds and though some literature will tell you that your seeds should not ever lay atop each other, we have found from years of experience and thousands of pounds of Greens/Shoots grown that that is bunk!

Printable Sprouting Instructions


Grown from any Pea variety, Shoots are the plant above the soil. Snow Peas are a popular type of pea to use, but are difficult to find consistently. We currently use our Speckled Peas as they produce a robust, tender Shoot in 8 - 14 days (depending on your climate and time of year). Really excellent stir-fried quickly with some garlic and tamari (soy sauce) and (optionally) ginger.

Note: You can grow shoots from any pea. They all have different characteristics so experiment. Taste is a very subjective thing, so try them all =:-)

Much peace and love!!!

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Re: pea shoots
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: June 07, 2007 07:36PM

oh bless you earthangel! that was really sweet of you. i'm not that good at researching the internet! i'm going to try as i have some dried peas and i've had pea shoots in a restaurant and they were quite the most delicious shoots i've ever had. i'll let you know how i get on.

lots of love

madame cholet xxx

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Re: pea shoots
Posted by: rosemary ()
Date: June 14, 2007 12:52PM

i have sprouted green peas before. just sprout as you would any legume. the trouble is finding the whole died peas. i often see only the split peas..

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Re: pea shoots
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: June 14, 2007 07:47PM

rosemary, i got my peas from an organic seed supplier.

madame cholet

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