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Austrian Winter Pea Seeds

Product Size SKU Price Quantity
5 Pounds 40-60 Pounds per acre PIALB5
Price: $12.95
25 Pounds 40-60 Pounds per acre PIALB25
Price: $55.95
50 Pounds 40-60 Pounds per acre PIALB50
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)
Pink and Purple Austrian Winter Pea Seeds, Pisum arvense, Austrian Winter Pea
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Common Name Austrian Winter Pea
Botanical Name Pisum arvense
Plant Type Annuals
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink, Purple
Mature Height 24-48" long - vining
Planting Time Cool Season
Planting Season Spring / Summer, Fall
Ships As Seed
Coverage 40-60 lbs per acre
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Advantages Groundcover, Erosion Control, Soil Enhancer, Multiplies / Naturalizes
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.
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
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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  • Excellent germination


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Comments about American Meadows 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

Create A Low Maintenance Lawn Or Add Nutrients To Your Soil With Grass & Groundcover Seeds!

Download our Printable Grass Planting Guide, With Seeding Rates

Orchard Grass is a versatile variety that can be planted as a cover crop.

Getting Started: 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.

Medium Red Clover helps add nutrients to soil.

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 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.

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Planting Rates: How Much Seed Do I Need?

Planting rates vary 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 chart on the back page of this guide.

If you’re still unsure of how much seed to use in your area, please give us a call at (877) 309-7333.

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.

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Step-By-Step Planting Instructions

  1. After your soil is prepared, apply the seed at the recommended rate. See 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.
  2. If you have poor soil, you could lightly apply an organic fertilizer after seeding, although this is not a necessary step for strong growth.
  3. 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 depth 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.
  4. 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 deeply and less frequently. This helps to ensure a deep rooted, healthy lawn or meadow.
  5. 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.
  6. 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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