how to grow snow pea shoots indoors

How to Grow Snow Pea Shoots Indoors

Are you looking to grow snow pea shoots?  You’re in luck – here’s a guide on how to grow snow pea shoots indoors!

Snow pea shoots are the ultimate in container gardening.  They are also one of the easiest and cheapest things in the whole world to grow – let me show you how to grow snow pea shoots indoors so you can see for yourself!

To be honest, I hadn’t heard of snow pea shoots before, until last month, when I saw them in a shop for £1.75 for a small bag of them.  I whipped out my phone and searched on the internet  to see what they were, and discovered that they would be delicious in stir-fries and salads.  I also found that £1.75 for bag of shoots is a bit of a rip off when I could grow my own in a short space of time (and a small space) for much less than £1.75.

So instead I picked up a box of dried peas for the princely sum of 38p and got growing!  A third of a box of dried peas – so less than 13p –  got me this bountiful crop:

how to grow snow pea shoots indoors

Here’s how to grow pea shoots so you can have a constant crop of them for not much money.  It’s pretty much fool-proof.  Even if you’re not particularly green-fingered you could do this, and it would be such a fun thing to do with kids as the peas shoot quite quickly, and then they can eat their bounty!

How to Grow Snow Pea Shoots Indoors

How to Grow Pea Shoots

How to Grow Pea Shoots

Ingredients

  • A box of dried whole peas
  • A tub - any tub will do.  Any plastic food tray (such as the kind you get when you buy tomatoes or grapes) will work great, and yay - recycling!
  • Compost (cotton wool will also work great if you don't have any compost - although you will need to feed your peas)
  • Water

Instructions

  1. To work out how many peas you need place the dried peas into the empty (soil free) tub of your choosing - ensuring the peas are densely packed in one layer only.
  2. Empty the peas into a glass of water to soak overnight.  Don't skip this step.  We did the first time round and the peas never came to anything.
  3. The next day drain your peas and line your tub with a layer of compost or cotton wool (perhaps a centimetre thick)
  4. Add your peas.
  5. And there you go - leave on a sunny window ledge, and water when the compost or cotton wool feels a bit dry.  That's all it takes to grow pea shoots - it really is as easy as that!  You could cover them with a clear plastic tub (again, like a fruit tray) to trap heat.  It should only take about five or six days to get to a good height, ready for eating.
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This was our batch of snow pea shoots after only a day and a half:

snow pea shoots

As you can see, they shoot fast!

A little tip – if you use cotton wool you’ll need to feed the peas.  We used cotton wool and the growth of our peas stalled at a few centimeters until we fed them with some cold black rooibos tea, and then they lept up in leaps and bounds.

Once your snow pea shoots are a few inches high, cut and enjoy!  Don’t leave them too long before cutting as once they get a bit taller and the stems thicken they start to taste quite bitter, which isn’t what you want at all!

snow peas

As the internet told me, snow pea shoots are delicious in stir-fries and salads; but I’ve also found they are tasty on pizzas, in pasta, and in sandwiches.  They taste intensely of pea, which, as a pea lover, is no bad thing.

They good thing about snow pea shoots is as they grown indoors you can have a constant crop all year round.  About three days into the growing cycle of the first batch simply sow another batch in another tub.

So there you go, that’s how to grow snow pea shoots indoors for under 50 pence!  Hap-pea growing! ;)

ps: other ideas to how to grow your own food cheaply!

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6 comments

  1. Very useful article and tips – now off to follow your example and get my snow peas under way. Many thanks.

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  2. Wow, your pea shoot method sounds great can’t wait to get a box of dried peas and have a go! First came across pea shoots in a Nigel Slater recipe and thought that they looked like a nice alternative to lettuce

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  3. I’ll use a sprouter, so I guess I’ll just water the peas with rooibos?
    Love your website: it’s all so easy to follow, and what a wonderful name!
    Margaret B

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  4. Hi there, I was just wondering if any pea seeds will do? It’s just I have several packets of mang tout leftover but am unsure if they are suitable for just the shoots many thanks phill

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    • I’m not sure Phil – I’ve only tried the dried peas you get at the supermarket. Might be worth a try if you don’t plan on using the seeds in your garden? Let me know how you get on!

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