Tom Thumb Shelling Pea - Packet

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Small is beautiful, when it comes to growing Tom Thumb, an English heirloom first introduced in the U.S. by Landreth’s Seeds in 1854.  A flavorful full-sized pea growing on a compact plant, the vines fits neatly into a large container to grow on a balcony or tucked under a taller plant.
Plant Information
Originally cultivated in England, Tom Thumb shelling peas are an heirloom variety that made its debut in American in the 1850s. The petite plants, just 6-10 inches tall, get their name from the tiny character in English folklore and are just as impressive in flavor as they are fun to grow. Very easy to care for, Tom Thumb shelling pea plants are cold tolerant up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit so you can plant them very early in the spring and enjoy their bountiful harvest all summer long. Plant successive crops every 2-3 weeks and enjoy these peas well into early fall. Perfectly sized for small spaces in the garden or where trellising isn't an option, Tom Thumb shelling peas are self-supporting, which also means they're ideal for planting in containers on your patio or deck or in pots in the kitchen. You'll know your Tom Thumb peas are ready to be picked when you can see that the peas have enlarged inside the pods are still a bright green. Hold the vines while harvesting to avoid tearing them. Pop the pods open at the seam and scoop the peas out with your thumb. Tender and crisp in texture and sweet in flavor, Tom Thumb shelling peas are very versatile and will taste just a fantastic whether fresh, frozen, canned, or cooked. Harvest them on the early side to enjoy them in the pod as well.
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Item Package Size
Weight Of Seeds Per Packet
0.42 oz
Seeds Per Packet
approx. 55 seeds per packet
Botanical Name
Pisum sativum
How To Grow
Direct sow
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Planting Depth
1 inch
Seed Spacing
1-3 inches
Row Spacing
10-12 inches
Space After Thinning
Not required
Days To Germinate
5-10 days
Days To Maturity
Growth Habit
Harvest tender fully developed peas to encourage more production.
Seed Life Cycle
Good For Containers, Ornamental, Grow In Greenhouse, Edible, Grow With Children
Additional Information
Landreth's Original, Introduced in 1925
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