|Latin name:||Pisum sativum 'Norli'|
|Guarantee:||100% growth and flowering guarantee|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Harvesting:||June - August|
|Growing Height:||60 cm|
Sugar pea seeds require no prior treatment although you could steep them in lukewarm water for 24 hours to encourage germination. Leaving them in water for longer (3-4 days) will see them shoot a 1 cm root, after which you really must sow them. Harvesting will be one week earlier if you do this.
Earth up your pea plants once they reach 12 cm. Tall and medium height sugar peas require a climbing support. To do this, insert a cane at both ends of a row and span large gauge chicken wire between the canes - as high as 1.2 metres for medium height sugar peas and 2.0 metres for taller ones. The pea's tendrils will attach themselves and climb up. Tip: place the chicken wire before sowing your peas!
Provide extra water in dry periods only and keep the bed free of weeds to promote healthy growth in your sugar peas.
Sugar peas are selected for their edible pods, deliciously tender and free of thread. Pea varieties selected for the peas tend to have a 'thread' and the pods are inedible. Biologically speaking though, peas and mange tout / sugar peas are basically the same.
Medium and tall varieties produce a greater yield than dwarf varieties and involve a little more work.