A Pea problem

Hi,
I bought some Cavalier seeds (peas) from my Organic supplier.
Unfortunately only about one in five actually produces a plant.
Is this typical?
Would appreciate any advice.
Kind Regards Bria
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tvrchimaera said:

Field planted? Or test germination (indoors)?
Field planted, you might have lost some seeds to maggots or wireworms (not the supplier's fault).
Test germination, could be you were sent faulty seed or they were damaged at some point during shipping and handling.
The most unusual cause of a poor stand of peas (in my garden) was the year the mallard duck decided to dine there.
The most annoying year was the one where the seeds had been damaged by weevils before they got to me. (They looked like they'd been drilled by a tipsy dentist.)
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@gardenbanter.co.uk says...

What kind of weather are you having?
Last year we had few germinate in an overwarm spring and then in an August cool spell the rest came on.
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@yahoo.com says...

Following up my own post.
Peas like cool weather.
We've not done so, but when my wife was working as a garden helper, they used ice on the soil over peas to get them to germinate. I forget whether they put the peas in late, or the spring was too warm.
Germination is typically near 100% here.
...and we were worrying about the peas until our recent cool spell. Most have since, germinated and are growing nicely.
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On 2008-05-09 02:15:31 -0400, tvrchimaera

DH planted a bunch of bean seeds. Four sprouted. He was disappointed. A week and two rainfalls later, four more sprouted. I assume with more rain and a little bit of warming temperatures, more will sprout.
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