How to Store a Pea Pod Off a Sweet Pea Plant

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How to Store a Pea Pod Off a Sweet Pea Plant
Green peas aren't suitable for seed or storage. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

If you've found a sweet pea variety that you're in love with, save its seed to replant next season. Sweet peas sprout readily from last season's saved seed. When harvesting and storing sweet peas for seed, you must leave them on the vine longer than those you harvest for the table. Sweet peas are delicious when they are green and supple, but only mature and brittle sweet pea pods contain seeds that will germinate next season.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Plastic container
  • Cheesecloth
  • Pruning shears

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Squeeze a dry sweet pea pod between your fingers to check and see if it is ready to harvest. The pod should start to break open when you squeeze it with medium pressure.

  2. 2

    Snip the seed-ripe pods off of the plant with a pair of sharp, clean pruning shears.

  3. 3

    Store the sweet pea pods in a plastic container. Cover the bowl with cheesecloth and place it somewhere with plenty of air circulation. Stir the pods around once daily to make sure they dry evenly.

  4. 4

    Shell the dried sweet peas and plant them in spring.

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