Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Burpeeana Early Pea

I started growing these peas in October of 2012. I'm surprised that several plants survived the winter. These have been suffering along due to lack of light on my balcony. However, I have seen evidence that some flowers will be appearing soon on the biggest plant (about 9" tall atm). The new trellis' should help these grow taller.

Pea flowers
The plants have formed many pods, and continue to produce more. The biggest plant has about 6 pods forming at the moment. Each pod contains 5-6 peas. The peas are very sweet, significantly better tasting than canned peas.

Annual or Perennial?: Annual
Germination time: 7-14 days
Days until maturity: 60 days
Light requirements: Full Sun (6+ hrs)
Plant size: Medium
Spacing: 3 in plant x 6 inch row spacing
Temperature: Cool weather
Difficulty: Easy
Traits: Legume (fixes soil nitrogen); dwarf pea (small)
Companion plants: Plants that need nitrogen
Special needs: Requires trellis for optimum growth. Position trellis in between the rows.

When to plant: Plant in early spring or early fall.

How to grow: Use a trellis to give support to the peas. Peas grown with support are known to provide higher yields. Plant grows up to 2 feet tall.

How to harvest: Remove pods by hand, being careful not to damage the plant. Use fingers to open pods to reveal peas. Pods are not edible.

Photos:
Burpeeana Early Seeds
Seeds

Burpeeana Early Seedlings
Seedlings
1 week old peas
1 week old
2 week old pea plants
2 weeks old
Pea about to go to seed
Prior to forming flowers

Burpeeana Pea flowers and pods
Pods and flowers forming on plant
Harvested Pea Pod
Harvest pod
Burpeeana Early Harvested pod
Shelled pod

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