Pea Shelling Tom Thumb HEIRLOOM Seeds

Pea Shelling Tom Thumb HEIRLOOM Seeds

Pisum sativum

Item #0288

50 days. This heirloom shelling pea, originally from England, debuted in America in the 1850s. The petite plants are easy to care for, produce a bountiful harvest, and are cold tolerant to 20°F. Perfectly sized for small spaces in the garden or containers, at 6"-8" tall. Sow peas in a large container on your patio or deck. An excellent variety to introduce the joy of gardening to children or to simply enjoy for yourself!

This packet sows one 5-foot row.

Seedling Image

Days to Emerge:
5-10 days

Seed Depth:

Seed Spacing:
2" (yes 2")

Row Spacing:

Not required

When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost, or as soon as soil can be worked. Soil temperatures must be above 40°F. In USDA zones 5 or warmer, sow in fall or winter for winter harvest. Soil temperature should not exceed 85°F.

When to start inside: Not recommended.

Special germination instructions: To hasten germination, soak seed in water for 12 to 24 hours before sowing.

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, as the vines are brittle

Artist: Marjorie Leggitt


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