Bulk Pisum sativum seeds can be planted easily at home. Growing them at home is an excellent way of propagating annuals and exotic shrubs. The smaller the area of between the three plants, the quicker the growth of seeds. The most productive years for growing seeds are from late spring to late summer. Seedlings can also be started from late summer to early fall. If you need help getting started, here are some tips on how to start seeds with little investment.
Start seeds indoors. Growing seeds is easier if they are in a small container in a dark location. Do not keep the container moist because it will kill the seeds or damage them. You can store seeds in a small Tupperware container, glass jars or airtight plastic bags. Be sure to remove any air bubbles and moisten them prior to placing them into the containers.
Water your seedlings well when you plant them. This will help them thrive and will avoid disease. Keep your seedlings well watered while they are growing.
After planting, you should dig them up about two inches deep. Then, remove the root ball and let them drain until water runs clear. Remove any over-watering. Then, store them into a cool, dry place.
To germinate seeds, place them about six inches deep into a shallow potting mix. Be sure that you have moist soil. Do not over-water, as the roots will rot. Once the roots are well established, you can plant the bulk into the garden.
Where to sow P. sativum seeds is very important. You can find them easily at a nursery or grow shop. However, if you live in a colder climate you may want to go to a friend's house that has plenty of sunshine and a cool climate. Many people sow their seeds directly into the ground in order to speed up growth. However, if you choose this method be sure to spread the seedlings out and add a little extra dirt during the day.
The best place to get started is to lay a rectangular tray beneath a tree. The tray should be large enough to hold at least three rows of plants. It is ideal to place the rectangular tray in a spot that receives direct sunlight throughout the day. Be sure to mulch the roots before putting them into the ground.
After you have planted your bulk Pisum, watch for healthy growing plants. You can quickly identify which plants are thriving by looking at the leaves. Healthy leaves are shaped like a triangle with a dark green inside. Failing blooms are usually white and pink. When you are happy with your garden, remove the plants. Cover the soil with a light layer of soil and water well.
The first few growing season is usually from April through June. Remove any budding plants and press lightly to get rid of air pockets. Be careful not to bruise the roots. Place the bulk Pisum seeds in a shallow hole in your garden or in the yard. Water well during warm weather and keep the hole moist until the cold weather sets in.
Do not fertilize until after the Pisum bulk has flowered. Fertilizer should be applied just before new growth begins. Wait about one month after you fertilize to harvest your plants. Harvest by removing the old root ball and discarding the entire plant. Cut off the male shoots on the lower branches. If you prefer, you can use scissors to trim away most of the flower stems as they often grow too high.
Sunlight is critical to the survival of Pisum plants. When you plant them, choose sites that receive the full spectrum of sunlight, but which are located in locations that do not get heavy daytime sun. Sunlight exposure at any time of the year decreases the reproductive ability of the seeds. It is recommended that planting be spaced six to eight weeks apart, with a minimum of four hours of light each day.
Planting should be done in good weather conditions and only after the soil has begun to recover from warm to cold temperatures. Light can help encourage germination, but temperatures below fifty degrees are optimal for germination. Pruning is not necessary unless you wish to dramatically increase the height of the plants. You do not need to fertilize, water, or shade a mature Bonsai until it has produced a large, self-supporting root ball. Once the bulk has produced a full root ball, you can begin clipping and shaping into proper Bonsai shape.