Pea – Common

English pea, Field pea, Garden pea, Sugar pea, Shell pea, Snap pea

Pisum sativum – Fabaceae

Description

Height – Bush, 2 to 4 feet; Pole, 4 to 6 feet
Spread – 6 to 10 inches
Root Depth – Normal depth to which roots reach
Hardiness – Hardy, can tolerate light frost
Exposure – Full sun, needs 6 or more hours of sunlight per day

Planting

Depth – 1 to 2 inches
Extensive Spacing
  In Row – Spacing between plants within row in inches
  Between Rows – Spacing between rows in inches
Intensive Spacing – 8 plants per square foot

Direct Seed – Can be presoaked for an hour before planting
  Spring – From 6 weeks before last expected frost to 3 weeks after last expected frost
  Fall – From 12 weeks before first expected frost

Transplant – Not usually transplanted
  Spring Inside – n/a
  Spring Outside – n/a
  Fall Inside – n/a
  Fall Outside – n/a

Succession – Replant every 3 weeks, both spring and fall

Requirements

Germination – 40°F to 75°F
Growth
  Soil – 60°F to 75°F
  Air – 55°F to 75°F
pH – 6.0 to 7.0
Watering – Light, 1/2″ per week
Fertilizer – Light feeder, one application of fertilizer per year with no supplemental feedings

Duration

Germination – 6 to 15 days
Maturity – 10 weeks
Harvest – 4 weeks

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