|Latin name:||Pisum sativum 'Wonder van Amerika'|
|Guarantee:||100% growth and flowering guarantee|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Harvesting:||June - August|
|Growing Height:||45 cm|
Peas require no prior treatment although you could steep them in lukewarm water for 24 hours to accelerate germination. You can leave them in water for longer (3-4 days) until you see a root of 1 cm from the pea, after which you really must sow them quickly. Harvesting will be one week earlier if you do this.
Even dwarf peas need a little support for climbing. Span some garden twine between two canes at either end of the row at about 30 cm high. Earth up the plants when they reach about 12 cm and the tendrils will find the twine themselves.
Only water in dry periods, keep the bed free of weeds and your peas will thrive much better.
Pea varieties are selected for the peas, the pods are not edible. The reverse is also true - mange tout are selected for the tasty pod, tender and free of thread. Pea pods do therefore tend to have a 'thread'. Biologically speaking though, peas and mange tout are basically the same.
There are 2 kinds of pea: wrinkled and round. Wrinkled varieties are sown in March-April. They have a sweeter taste and do not mind the early summer heat. The round-seeded peas can be sown very early (February –March) and have an aromatic flavour
Medium and tall varieties bring a greater yield than dwarf varieties and there is a little more work involved.