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Product Description

Pisum sativum

This prolific plant produces thick, succulent and juicy edible-pod snow peas. A reliable bush pea, it does not need trellising and thrives in cool weather.

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Quick Facts

Plant Size: 24–30 inch plants, 3 inch pods

Hardiness: Hardy Annual

Sun: Full/Partial

Seed Planting Depth: 1 inch

Days to Harvest: 65 days

Good for Container: Yes

Seed Origin: Open Pollinated

Easy to Grow: Yes

Water: Ample

Days to Germinate: 7–10 days

Plant Spacing: 1–3 inches

Edible Flower: Yes

Growing Guide

Peas are a cold hardy crop, and need a cool growing season to succeed. They prefer well drained soils with a pH between 6.0–7.0. Inoculate peas with Rhizobium bacteria to stimulate nitrogen fixation for improved yield and soil fertility. Even short-vined ‘bush’ varieties benefit from trellising, increasing yield and making them easier to harvest.

Peas are most often direct seeded, but can be transplanted if soil is too wet and cold, and if you are careful not to disturb the roots. Inoculate seed with Rhizobium bacteria prior to planting for optimum Nitrogen fertility. Direct seed in spring 2–4 weeks before the last frost. For a fall crop, seed 8–12 weeks before the first fall frost. Seeds will germinate at soil temperatures as low as 45°F, but sprout more quickly between 60–75°F. Plant seeds 1 inch deep, 1 seed every 1–3 inches, allowing 24–36 inches between rows. To start indoors, fill 2–4 inch pots with a sterile seed starting mix. Plant 2–4 seeds per pot, ½–1 inch deep. Do not thin. Harden seedlings for 7–10 days before transplanting out 2–4 weeks before the last spring frost. Carefully plant out each pot 4–6 inches apart without disturbing roots of grouped seedlings.

Peas are susceptible to various soil borne seed and seedling rots as well as foliar diseases such as Ascochyta Blight and Powdery Mildew. Choose mildew resistant varieties for fall sowings (see variety descriptions). Avoid overhead irrigation, trellis and increase plant spacing to maximize airflow, practice crop rotations, and compost crop debris to manage these and other diseases. Heavy thrips pressure may be controlled by use of row covers or OMRI-approved Spinosad sprays. See our merchandise section for related products.

Harvest shell peas when the pods are plump and full. Harvest snap peas when the pods are thick and crispy and the peas have filled out inside the pod. Harvest snow peas when they reach a desirable size. Harvest all types frequently to encourage continuous production. Store in the refrigerator. Peas freeze well for long storage.

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Prolific & Delicious
| Michelle4959

1st time planting & harvesting. Easy to grow and produces large edible pods, organic, delicious and prolific!

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