Seed Swaps

Peas growing indoors - a pollination question


Silly question ahoy. ;)

My pea plants are just starting to flower. They’re on a high windowsill, so not many bees etc. Do I need to do anything to make sure the pea pods grow?

Posted over 5 years ago


Folia Helper

United Kingdom10a

Well, I’ve never grown peas indoors …. or heard of anyone who has done.
I did grow them in the garden a year or so back and they were so delicious that more were eaten fresh from the pod when passing the plot than were eaten cooked with meals lol
I would imagine that peas need insects to pollinate their flowers so they can form pods. I suppose it might be possible to use a small paintbrush to transfer pollen from one flower to another, pretending to be a bee, as it were.
But growing peas indoors seems like an awful lot of work for very little result – even in the garden, peas need several plants to produce enough peas even for one person. One figure I saw was 10ft of plants for a family of 4 – that’s two and a half feet of plants per person.
If you do manage to harvest some peas from your indoor plants, they are going to be like gold dust! Good luck XXX

Posted over 5 years ago

Yeah, I know they’re going to be huge and I’m going to get like 12 pods from them. :D

I’m in a not-so-great phase of life, and gardening makes me feel a little bit whole again, and peas are one of my go-to therapy plants – fast, tasty, pretty, tall, etc. Unfortunately, I’m stuck at a friend’s house for a totally unknown period of time and he has no garden. I’ve got four plants in a very tall window, in a windowbox, and yeah, I’m not going to feed myself let alone anyone’s family, but I’m doing it anyway.

When I grow peas, I don’t grow them to cook and eat in a big pile. They’re a bit like sweets, and I just break off a pod and eat the peas as a treaty snack. It seems a bit silly to cook them when they’re so good raw!

I found a page that said they’re self-pollinating – they fertilise themselves before the flower even opens! But I don’t know if that’s the same for all peas, or maybe the page was wrong, so I thought I’d leave my question up.

Posted over 5 years ago

Yes, familiarizing myself with the site. Thank you.

Posted 9 months ago

Welcome, Earthling!

Hope you enjoy using Folia as much as I do.

It takes a while to find your way around, but the more you use the site, the easier it will be.
Posted 9 months ago

Hi there! You're reading a conversation in the UK Gardeners group on Folia.