Tom Thumb Shelling Pea - Packet

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The perfect peas to plant when space is tight but quantity is essential! Small in size, sweet in flavor, and a very generous yielder, Tom Thumb shelling pea plants produce quite a heavy harvest and are a superb container variety. Self-supporting; requires no staking. Peas can be shelled or eaten with the pod. 55-70 days.
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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Botanical Name
Pisum sativum
Seed Life Cycle
How To Grow
Item Package Size
Space After Thinning
Not required
Seed Spacing
1-3 inches
Ships As
Good for Containers
Days To Maturity
Days To Germinate
5-10 days
Planting Depth
1 inch
Additional Information
Introduced in 1925
Row Spacing
10-12 inches