Learn how to plant, grow, and harvest Purple Podded Peas with this helpful guide. Get tips on sun requirements, fertilization, pests and diseases, and more!
What soil is good for Purple Podded Peas?
Purple Podded Peas require fertile, well draining soil with plenty of compost mixed in.
How much sun do Purple Podded Peas need?
Plant Purple Podded Peas in a full sun position.
Are Purple Podded Peas frost tolerant?
Purple Podded Peas will tolerate light frost, but several days of frost will damage the plants.
How much space do Purple Podded Peas need?
Space Purple Podded Peas 15cm apart.
When should I plant Purple Podded Peas?
Purple Podded 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 Purple Podded 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.
What do I feed Purple Podded Peas?
Feeding is generally not required for Purple Podded Peas. However, the soil must be well prepared with plenty of compost mixed in before planting.
Mulch will help to retain moisture in the soil.
When can I harvest Purple Podded Peas?
Purple Podded Peas or Shelling Peas of any variety, 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 look dull in appearance with no sheen to them. 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.
What pests do Purple Podded Peas get?
Pests that affect Purple Podded Peas include: Aphids, Pea Moth, Slug, Snail, Leaf Miner, Mexican Bean Beetle, Thrips, Root Knot Nematode, Mites.
What diseases do Purple Podded Peas get?
Diseases that affect Purple Podded Peas include: Blight, Root Rot, Damping Off, Powdery Mildew, Downy Mildew, Fusarium Wilt, Septoria Blotch, Mosaic Virus, Bean White Mold.
Is there anything else I need to know about Purple Podded Peas?
Purple Podded Pea 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.