Growing Peas

Pisum sativum : Fabaceae / the pea or legume family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    P P P              

(Best months for growing Peas in USA - Zone 5a regions)

  • P = Sow seed
  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 46°F and 75°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 2 - 3 inches apart
  • Harvest in 9-11 weeks. Pick the pods every day to increase production.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Potatoes

Your comments and tips

13 Jun 09, Colin (Australia - temperate climate)
I've just had to re-sow my peas, the last lot rotted in the soil. It seems they were too wet for too long. I've placed clear plastic (disposable) drinking cups over the new seeds to keep them warm and dry. They should emrtge soon.
28 Jun 09, Lisa (Australia - temperate climate)
What are the best type of peas to grow just west of Melbourne?
04 Jul 09, Kym (Australia - temperate climate)
I have trouble with rust (I think - black spots on the leaves) with sugersnap peas and snowpeas. Anyone know how best to treat this? Also, does anyone know of a sugarsnap that germinates well? I'm lucky if i get 30% germination on the Adelaide plains.
31 Jul 09, David (Australia - temperate climate)
Kym. do you pre-soak your peas? Get an old jar put 50mm of tepid water in it, throw in the peas leave overnight, drain the next morning and repeat morning and night til the radical root appears (about 3-5 days). Then pot them 2 or 3 to a 100mm pot, keep in a warm (not too hot or cold) spot and in 7 days you should get 80+% germination. I got 99 out of 100 Blue Bantams doing it this way (BTW these are now 1.7m tall not too bad considering these are "dwarfs")
18 Aug 18, Jane (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
David, re: soaking peas. Do you mean soak the pea seeds? Thnks in advance.
01 Aug 09, Liz (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Kym. I'm in Adelaide and planted my Sugarsnaps straight into the ground just a couple of weeks ago. My ground is quite damp after all the rain, but I look to have had about 90% success rate with seeds from The Lost Seed. I have had good results with most of their seeds and I am a newcomer to Adelaide.
02 Aug 09, Sam (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi, I am still a novice gardener, and new to vegetable gardening, but have had great success with Chilli, Mint, Parsley, Basil, Chives, Oregano, Rosemary, Shallots, Tomatoes and Leeks. I have a 1m by 2m spare garden plot that faces North East, but our house blocks the sunlight and the area only manages to get about an hour or two of filtered sunlight a day about 2pm-3.30pm depending on the season (winter now). Are there any vegetables that don't need much sunlight to grow well? I like Potatoes if that's an option... It's such a shame to have a spare fertile area (worms and all!!) go to waste. Any thoughts or comments will be much appreciated. Thanks, Sam
30 May 10, Diana (Australia - temperate climate)
Fruit vegetables need a lot of sunlight. However, some leafy vegetables can tolerate part shade. I had some trouble like you do and tried to grow lettuce, Pak Choi, Choy Sum. They grow but takes longer time to mature than plants that receive more sunlight. My parsley and coriander like the shade. Some carrots variety also tolerate partial shade.
10 Nov 09, Barb (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I'm in Tassie where it's been wet and freezing all winter. It's only just warming up now - is it too late to sow some peas?
11 Jun 10, Matty (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
could someone please tell me a to get a good crop peas?
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Some of my sugar snaps have grown as small leaved, bushy plants, whereas some are growing tall and "normal". Does anyone have any ideas as to why the small plants?

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