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Austrian Winter Pea Seeds

Product Size Price Price Per Unit Quantity
5 Pounds 40-60 Pounds per acre
Price: $12.95
25 Pounds 40-60 Pounds per acre
Price: $55.95
50 Pounds 40-60 Pounds per acre
Price: $99.95

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Quick Overview

This cover crop is low-growing and can be planted to help enrich soil, as well as prevent common garden weeds from coming up. It also delights with purple/red blooms. Annual. (Pisum arvense)
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Common Name Austrian Winter Pea
Botanical Name Pisum arvense
Plant Type/Life Cycle Annual
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink, Purple
Estimated Mature Height 24-48" long - vining
Planting Time Cool Season
Planting Season Spring, Fall
Ships As Seed
Coverage 40-60 lbs per acre
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Will Tolerate Loamy Soil
Suggested Uses Groundcover, Erosion Control, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Soil Enhancer
Additional Information Used for erosion control, as a cover crop, or temporary hay crop. Builds nitrogen and organic matter. Excellent for wild game food plots.
Is It Storable? Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Ships to Canada No
Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
Plant this annual cover crop to enrich your existing soil and attract wildlife to the area. As an annual, Austrian Winter Pea is fast-growing and will bloom in its first year.


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Great performer

By Carey

from Ponca City, OK

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  • Excellent germination


  • Weak Bag

Best Uses

  • Ground Cover Nitrogen

Comments about Austrian Winter Pea Seeds, Austrian Winter Pea Seeds:

My intent was to use this product as winter cover for a large lot adjacent to our home. The soil was rocky fill dirt and needs lots of TLC to improve. Austrian peas provide an excellent ground cover while setting nitrogen in the soil and its root system helps to improve soil tilth. Although I didn't get the seed scattered until late spring (by hand, like I was feeding chickens), I was pleased to see excellent germination using no supplemental watering -- just mother nature. Timing of the emerging baby seedlings coincided with the arrival of fawns so we were treated to a nice amount of traffic of hungry does.

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How-To Guides

When to Plant

Planting Grass Seed in Fall or Spring:

The ideal time to plant grass seed varies by hardiness zone, but is usually in the spring, once temperatures have reached a consistent 60 F and there is no more danger of frost. Grass can be planted through the end of July but no later. If you’re planting in the fall, wait until after there have been a few killing frosts so the seeds you plant will lie dormant until the spring.

Planting as a Cover Crop or Green Manure:

If you’re planting grasses, legumes or clover to replenish nutrients, supress weeds or more, we recommend planting in early to mid fall. Let the grass grow until frost. Come spring, mow the grass before it goes to seed and then till the soil. Wait 3-6 weeks before planting new crops.

What Plants are Best for Cover Crops?

Clover, Peas, Vetch and Rye Grass.

Planting Rates: How Much Seed Do I Need?

Planting rates, depending on the size of the seed. A larger seed (such as a Fescue) can be seeded at 10lbs/1,000 square feet. A smaller seed (such as a Bluegrass) can be seeded as low as 2lbs/1,000 square feet. To see planting rates for each individual variety, please view the following chart. If you’re still unsure of how much seed to use in your area, please give us a call at (877) 309-7333.

VarietyTypeCoverage 500 Ft²Coverage 1000 Ft²
Alsike CloverCover Crop/Legume1/4 LB1/2 LB
Austrian Winter PeaCover Crop/Legume1 LB1 1/2 LB
Blue Grama GrassWarm Season2 LB4 LB
Buffalo GrassWarm Season1/4 LB1/2 LB
Canada Wild Rye GrassCool Season1/4 LB1/2 LB
Chewings Fescue Cool Season1/2 LB1 LB
Common VetchCover Crop/Legume1/2 LB1 LB
Creeping Red FescueCool Season2 LB4 LB
Crimson CloverCover Crop/Legume1/2 LB1 LB
Crown VetchCover Crop/Legume1/2 LB1 LB
Dutch White CloverCover Crop/Legume1/4 LB1/2 LB
Hairy VetchCover Crop/Legume1/2 LB1 1/4 LB
Hard Fescue GrassCool Season1/4 LB1/2 LB
Little Bluestem GrassWarm Season1/4 LB1/2 LB
Low Work & Water Grass Mixture5 LB10 LB
Medium Red CloverCover Crop/Legume1/4 LB1/2 LB
No Mow Lawn GrassGrass Mixture1/4 LB5 LB
Northeast Native GrassGrass Mixture1/4 LB1/2 LB
Partridge PeaCover Crop/Legume1/4 LB1/2 LB
Perennial Rye GrassCover Crop/Legume1/4 LB1/2 LB
Sheep FescueCool Season 1/4 LB1/2 LB
Short Grass Seed MixtureGrass Mixture1/2 LB1/2 LB
Smooth BromegrassCool Season1/2 LB1 LB
Southeast Native GrassGrass Mixture1/4 LB1/2 LB
Switchgrass ShelterWarm Season1/4 LB1/2 LB
Tall Grass Seed MixGrass Mixture1/4 LB1/2 LB
Timothy GrassCool Season1/4 LB1/2 LB
Vernal Alfalfa Cover Crop/Legume1/4 LB1/2 LB
White Ladino CloverCover Crop/Legume1/4 LB1/2 LB
Winter Rye GrassCover Crop/Legume2 LB4 LB
Yellow Blossom CloverCover Crop/Legume1/4 LB1/2 LB

Preparing the Area for Planting

We recommend leveling the planting area as much as possible to eleminate high or low spots. Till the soil if possible about 4-6 inches deep, as the soil should be loose and clump free before planting. If your area is already somewhat bare and even, we recommend skipping the tilling process as it can promote new weed growth or unwanted grass growth. You can then add a product to help aerate your soil (such as LazyMan Liquid GoldTM) to improve seed germination, but this is not necessary.

Step-by-Step Planting Instructions

After your soil is prepared, apply the seed at the recommended seeded rate. Ssee the back of the this guide for seeding rates. To make sure you’re spreading the seed evenly, scatter 1/2 of the seed walking North to South and 1/2 of the seed walking Easy to West.

If you have poor soil, you could lightly apply an organic fertilizer after seeding, although this is not a necessary step for strong growth.

Many choose to cover their grass seed after planting, even though this is not necessary. If you do choose to cover your seed to help retain moisture and hold the seed in place, we recommend a maximum thickness of 1/4”. You can cover the seed with topsoil, sterilized straw, or peat moss. Coated seeds such as Bermuda and Clover Seeds should not be covered more than an 1/8” deep.

Water gently and regularly, keeping the seeds moist until they begin to sprout. This could mean watering more than once a day if you’re having a dry spell. Once the seeds sprout, water less frequently. This helps to ensure a deep rooted, healthy lawn or meadow.

Do not mow until your lawn is at the recommended height. This information can be found on our website at the specific product page. For most grasses, this is about 3-6 weeks after planting, but could be longer depending on growing conditions. Remember to be gentle when mowing the first few times -- the seedlings will be somewhat tender.

After mowing several times, you can apply an organic fertiziler to promote strong growth, but this is not a necessary step.

It may take weeks or even a month for the seeds to grow. Be patient. If you have any questions about germination time or planting, please don’t hesitate to call us at (877) 309-7333


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