Pea Growing Guide

All you need to know to grow successfully!

Plant Family:
Fabaceae
Plant Type:
Annual
Typical Season:
Cool season
Typical Zones Grown In:
2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Growing Difficulty:
Easy

Tips On Successfully Growing Peas From The Limitless Growth Team

Peas have got to be one of the most fun plants you can grow.  Plus the production is amazing, almost every day you’ll get to enjoy the delicious treats produced when it gets going.   Peas will reach for the light and the fast growth will create a new pose every single day.  Try growing peas inside with an LED light and move the growing container around each day so see the movement!  We like to have a pea plant indoors throughout the winter to brighten up the house and have something fun to look at.  You can grow peas up the side of a wall with very minimal light needed compared to other plants.  In the middle of the winter, we’re commonly eating fresh peas!

On top of the excitement they bring, they are easy to grow!  Once you have the seedling going you can plant them pretty much anywhere.  We’ve grown ours in many different soil mixes, soilless mixes, and hydroponically in both the raft and media beds!  Pea seeds can get expensive so simply save peas from your plant, dry them out, and use the peas for next year’s planting!  It’s as simple as that.  This plant is truly the gift that keeps on giving!

In this Limitless Growth Guide to Growing Peas you’ll see what the expert growers recommend, but don’t let this guide limit you.  This is meant to be a guide.  Growing food is something that is fun to experiment with, so have a blast!

Planting Guidelines

The following are general guides to follow. However, nothing is set in stone. Feel free to experiment!

How to Start:
Direct Sow
When to Direct Sow:
April,March,July,August
When to Start Indoors:
February
Sprouting Time:
7-14 days
Soil Temperature (C):
10-20
Depth:
2cm (1″)
Spacing (cm):
2-7cm (1-3″)
Row Spacing (cm):
Sun Exposure:
Part Shade,Full Sun
Maturity Time:
60-70 days
When To Harvest:
April,May,June,September,October
How to Harvest:
Pick when pods fill out and peas are bright green. Make multiple sowings or grow several varieties to extend the harvest season.

Health Benefits

Growing your own food is one of the best things you can do for your health. Let’s check out some of the health benefits!

Is It Edible?
Yes
Edible Parts:
leaves, stem, blossom and tendrils
Potential Health Benefits:
Eye Health,Digestive System,Immune Health,Anti-Inflammatory

Tips to Growing Organically

Growing without the use of pesticides and herbicides is easier than you may think and it’s better for the environment!

Companion Plants:
Bean,Carrot,Celery,Corn,Cucumber,Eggplant,Parsley,Pepper,Potato,Radish,Spinach,Strawberry,Turnip
What Plants to Avoid:
Onion
Common Pests:
The pea moth is a sporadic and usually inconspicuous pest. The tiny brown moth flutters around when the flowers are just opening, and lays it eggs on the immature seed pod. The damage the caterpillar does not mean you can’t eat the rest of the peas in the pod. The larva is a tiny caterpillar with a black head, which feeds inside the seedpod and overwinters in the soil. There is one generation per year across Canada. In the pea-growing areas of the lower Fraser Valley in British Columbia, releases of two parasites have provided partially effective biological control. In general, processing and fresh-market pea crops should not be grown in areas with dry (seed) pea or seed vetch crops. After harvest, all remaining pods and vines should be destroyed by ensiling, feeding or deep cultivating.
Common Disease:
If plants turn yellow and wither from the ground up just after flowering, you have pea root rot from a soil fungus. It infects the plant in early spring when the soil is very wet. Prevent it by delaying planting until the soil is drier and by using finished compost when you plant. Rotate peas into new areas each year without repeating an area for 3-4 years. Pea enation disease is a Coastal virus disease spread by the green peach aphid. It ends flowering and causes pods to become warty and misshapen.
Bonus Grow Tips:
Peas can grow fast, so be sure to stay on top of harvesting.

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