Botanical Name: Pisum sativum
Days to Maturity: 65 days
Native: Western Asia, Europe, and North Africa
Hardiness: Frost-tolerant annual
Plant Dimensions: 24″–28″ tall
Variety Information: 4 ½”–5″ long pods that contain 8–11 plump peas. Pods grow in pairs on top of plant for easy harvesting. Short plants do not require staking, although staking may aid in harvest.
Type: Shelling pea
Attributes: Disease Resistant
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, when soil temperature is at least 40°F, ideally 60°–80°F and again 10 to 12 weeks before your average first frost date. In Mild Climates, sow in fall or winter for winter harvest. Best grown in temperatures less than 85°F.
When to Start Inside: Not recommended.
Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
Seed Depth: 1″
Seed Spacing: 2″
Row Spacing: 18″
Thinning: Not required.
Harvesting: Shelling peas should be harvested when the pods are plump, about 3 weeks after flowering. Peas that are too mature are tough and will cause the plant to stop producing; therefore, harvest regularly when pods are at their peak. Use scissors to harvest or hold vine with one hand and pick the pods with the other; vines are fragile.