Learn how to plant, grow, and harvest peas with this helpful guide. Get tips on sun requirements, fertilization, pests and diseases, and more!

Soil

What soil is good for Peas?

Fertile, well draining soil with plenty of compost mixed in.

Position

How much sun does Peas need?

Full sun

Frost Tolerant

Is Peas frost tolerant?

No, will need protection from frost. 

Spacing

How much space does Peas need?

15cm apart

Planting

When should I plant Peas?

Peas are a cool season crops that are usually planted from autumn through to spring. Peas will grow well in temperatures between 10–25°C(50–77°F).

The best method for planting peas is direct sowing.

If transplanting seedlings, plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn.  

Feeding

What do I feed Peas?

Generally not required. However, the soil must be well prepared with plenty of compost mixed in. 

Mulch will help to retain moisture in the soil. 

Harvesting

When can I harvest Peas?

Sugar Snap Pea varieties are best eaten when they are tender with immature seeds.  

Snow Peas should be harvested before the pea pods swell and while they are still glossy.  

Shelling Peas are ready when the pods have swelled, but are still tender and sweet. If you wait too long, the pods will look bumpy from the peas inside getting too large. The pods will also turn a dull green with no sheen. At this stage, your peas are over- ripe. These peas are still edible, but will have lost their sweet taste and will have developed a tough texture.

Pests

What pests does Peas get?

Aphids, Pea Moth, Slug, Snail, Leaf Miner, Mexican Bean Beetle, Thrips, Root Knot Nematode, Mites, 

Diseases

What diseases does Peas get?

Blight, Root Rot, Damping Off, Powdery Mildew, Downy Mildew, Fusarium Wilt, Septoria Blotch, Mosaic Virus, Bean White Mold 

Notes

Is there anything else I need to know about Peas?

Peas plants are climbers and will need support in the form of a trellis.

Plants will die back when the cool season comes to an end as they struggle in warmer temperatures. 

 

 

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