QUESTION: What is the best way to water pea plants? Do peas need a lot of water? – Frankie R.
ANSWER: Peas need a moderate amount of water to thrive and develop healthy pea pods. Peas rarely need watering more than once per week but they do require an even moisture level throughout the growing season. Peas do not like hot weather so they must be watered with more regularity during the summer months and in areas with especially hot climates.
During warm weather periods, be sure to water your peas early in the morning so that the water doesn’t heat up and scorch the plant’s leaves. Watering early in the morning will also prevent buds from dropping, yielding, and the plant producing fewer flowers.
Peas need a deep watering right at the time of planting in order to help them establish themselves in their new home. Provide at least one inch of water per week and try to keep the soil from drying out completely, checking moisture levels daily. During flowering and pod production stages, pea plants may need to be watered deeply nearly everyday, so the one inch of water per week rule can vary greatly, particularly in especially warm climates.