Who grows English peas?

natal(Louisiana 8b)September 21, 2010

I'm a little late for a fall crop, but think I'd like to try them for the spring. How tall do they get? How much support is needed?

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Mendel would be proud. Any SE soils wil require organic amendments.


    Bookmark   October 3, 2010 at 8:54PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Alex, I decided to wait until January to plant for a spring crop.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2010 at 11:13PM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

I had a nice crop of snap peas last year. Does that count? I planted the seed in raised beds in mid February here. It took several weeks to come up, but it did. I harvested a good many peas until it turned hot. I will do it again this year. The vines were only about 3 feet tall. (Melting Sugar was the variety.) I grew them on my tomato cages.

English pea varieties come in dwarfs to giants, but I think the old fashioned kinds get about six feet. I have read that ALL peas should be staked no matter how "dwarf" they are supposed to get. This is probably because picking is easier. The vines will grow into a snarly mess without support.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2010 at 9:29PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Thanks Donna! The variety I picked up is a dwarf called Alaska. I'll be sure to give it some kind of support.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2010 at 12:24PM
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newtie(z8+ MS)

You can plant them now for a spring crop. It takes an exceptionally cold winter to freeze them after they are up..I always plant them in the fall. I'm in zone 8b.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2010 at 6:12PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Newtie, when do you start harvesting in the spring?

I'm going by the "cultural recommendations" chart from the LSU Ag Center. It has planting dates of 9/1 - 9/15 for a fall planting or 12/15 - 1/31 for the spring.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2010 at 1:53PM
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I planted them Jan. 27. I think they are ready to pick now. This was new to me.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2011 at 8:46AM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

I've been harvesting mine for the past two weeks.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 3:26PM
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I have some recipes for peas but they are all good for English Pea. I 've had really nice ones when I was in Turkey but I can't seem to find similar. They are big and definitely not sweet. It is hard to eat those when they are raw. I got the latin name of it from one of the Agriculture Engineer but it comes up as "Garden pea" -Pisum sativum ssp. sativum- which is too general to find anything in that family.
I will be growing peas for the first time (it will be next year since Houston is too hot to plant right now). What would you suggest for English pea? I am looking for the ones with big peas and without that sugary sweet taste.
thank you

    Bookmark   April 15, 2011 at 11:31AM
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I grew them for the first time this Spring. I used Burpeeana Early Green peas, and direct seeded them on March 3rd. I was disappointed in the yield, but SO pleased with the flavor! My plants only got about 8 - 10 inches tall, but they were beautiful. In the fall, I want about an acre of them, they were so delicious! I simply boiled them for a short time with a little salt, and they were perfect. My 10-month old grandson loved them!

    Bookmark   May 20, 2011 at 9:44AM
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