Seeds - Pea, Tom Thumb


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Description: An SGH favourite! At 8" tall this is the best dwarf shell pea for container gardening! Kids love growing this plant. Heirloom, dating to the mid 1800's.

Pea plants are able to withstand hard frosts. Sow seeds outdoors as soon as soil can be worked in spring. Also ideal for cold-frame production and for planting in flower borders.

Pack Size: 100 seeds.

Latin Name: Pisum sativum
Main Uses: Vegetable
Days to Maturity: 50-55 days
Exposure: Full sun
Height: Miniature! Only grows to 8 inches tall.
Flower Color: White

Germination: 3 - 7 days at 15 - 18°C.
Sowing: Indoors: for windowsill peas, sow March to April. Fertilize with a kelp based fertilizer, such as Sea Magic, from first watering.
Planting outdoors: In the garden, sow 1 seed, 2 - 3 inches apart, 1/2-1" in depth. Plant in rows. Support with a trellis. No need for thinning as pea plants like to be crowded. Sowing in double or even triple rows, 4 inches apart will save space.

Growing in Containers: Very well suited for containers, 6 inches and up.

Fertilizing (Containers): Plant in a composty, well draining potting mix. No additional fertilizer is typically required.

Watering (Containers): Check regularly. Water deeply when soil feels dry to the touch.

Growing in Mixed Planters: Can be grown in large mixed veggie planters.

Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden bed amended with compost. No additional fertilizer is required.

Watering (Garden): Water new transplants regularly to establish roots. Once established, water deeply as required.

Garden Companions: 

  • Vegetable Companions: Beans, Carrot, Chives,  Celery, Corn, Cucumber,  Eggplant, Lettuce, Parsley, Radish, Spinach, Tomato, Turnip, Strawberry, Sweet pepper, Turnips
  • Flowering Companions: Marigold, Pansy, Petunia, Sweet Alyssum, and Calendula
  • Avoid: Black Walnut Tree, Chives, Garlic, Grapes, Onion, Gladiolus, Irish Potato

Special Requirements for Cold Climate Gardeners: Thrives in the cool season, but dies off once warm weather sets in - great as an April - June season extender!

Suitability for Indoors: Can grown indoors under lights.

Exposure: Bright

What about Grow Lights? T5 or CFL full spectrum lights are ideal for this crop.

Special Instructions: Plan for multiple sows indoors, to yield an on-going supply of tasty peas!

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