Pea, Burpeeana Early
Extremely prolific and early and very sweet.
Days To Maturity
2-4 weeks BLF
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How to Sow
- Because peas are members of the legume family of plants, they can benefit from an application of a soil inoculant designed for beans and peas, prior to planting. The inoculant will enable the plants to take nitrogen from the air to use as fertilizer, which can increase crop yield and quality.
- For optimum flavor, grow in cool weather.
- Coat untreated seed with an inoculant.
- Sow in average soil in full sun in early spring for first crop, in late summer for fall crop.
- Support shorter peas on small stakes or a pea fence. Taller peas can be supported with a tower or trellis netting. Set supports for vining varieties prior to planting.
- In rows 2 inches apart in double rows spaced 6 inches apart with 24 inches between each set of rows.
- Cover with 1 inch of fine soil, and sow 1 inch deep.
- Thin gradually to stand 4-6 inches apart starting when seedlings are about 1-2 inches high.
How to Grow
- Protect spring plantings with floating row covers to keep flea beetles away.
- Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
- Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. They do not perform well in overly wet conditions. Seeds can rot in wet soil before germination occurs when planted in early spring.
- Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
Harvest and Preserving Tips
- To determine when to pick shell peas, check the pods by eye and feel. If the pea pod is round, has a nice sheen, and is bright green, it is ready. If the seeds have made ridges on the pod and the pods are dull green, it is past prime.
- You can pick snap and snow peas at any time but are tastiest when the pods still have some play around the peas when you squeeze the pods.
- Pick snow peas before the peas start to enlarge.
- If harvest exceeds immediate fresh use, you can freeze peas immediately after harvest to retain rich flavor. Blanch peas for two minutes in boiling water, drain, and then plunge into ice cold water for another two minutes. Drain again and loosely pack the peas into plastic freezer bags or containers. Use within 9 months for best quality.
- Peas can also be dried in a dehydrator and stored in a sealed canister for use in soups and stews.
Days To Maturity63 daysFruit Size3 inchesSunFull SunSpread8 inchesHeight24 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeFall, SpringSow Time2-4 weeks BLFThin6 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Pea, Burpeeana Early is rated out of 5 by 9.Rated 5 out of 5 by Bizenko from Toughest Pea Around This was my first time planting peas and I wanted a sweet, early variety. I planted mid-April in a raised bed filled with 1/3 Peat Moss, 1/3 Vermiculite and 1/3 organic compost. I was worried I messed up because I didn't soak the seed or inoculate it, but within 2 weeks I had 100% germination! Even the seed my husband randomly planted in the yard was growing at the same pace as those in the garden. And it kept up until a groundhog discovered it. True to the label, the pea pods formed at 63 days. The random spring weather fluctuating from a week of 80 degree temps to a week of 50 degree temps and back again didn't stop these hardy peas! Just as I was watching more than 40 pods form from the first batch of blossoms, that wayward groundhog found its way into my garden and munched the plants. We battled for two weeks and despite the devastation, the pea plants started generating new growth and blossoming again. Sadly, the groundhog won the battle and in June I had to cut the pea plants out of my garden. I did get to pick about a dozen pods before the battle was lost and the peas inside were well formed and had the sweetest flavor leaving my taste buds wanting more! (The shelling peas I ended up having to buy from my local farmer are no match for Burpeena Early Pea!) I will grow these again next year after I've installed a better garden fence to protect them.Date published: 2015-06-20Rated 1 out of 5 by garrett from Pea burpeeana I am totally disappointed in this product Pea. Burpeeana early. prolific and sweet may never happen. I planted some sugar snap peas in the same box on the same day in the same soil and a month later i have over two foot tall sugar snap peas in full bloom and only maybe six inches of growth on the Burpeeana early. at this rate it may never bloom and with the weather change it may become to hot here in the south east for them to develop. We planted when the weather was still cold even had a frost but we cover the small peas to protect them. so both peas have the same treatment same soil and planted on the same day. I would NEVER buy this pea again because prolific is something it is not. I will give them another month then of they have not started to climb or bloom, i will pull them up and feed them to the rabbit. NIx on Burpeeana early.Date published: 2015-04-22Rated 4 out of 5 by MikeA from Fantastic Pea! This has been a very productive pea in my garden--lovely, evenly shaped pods with deliciously tender peas inside. The weather has been ideal for peas, but even after the heat came, these kept on producing. Important to pick regularly, and provide support.Date published: 2014-07-05Rated 1 out of 5 by Cincha from not so great Wouldn't order these again. Little tiny plants produced just a few.Date published: 2013-10-05Rated 5 out of 5 by Bruiser from Yummy! This is my 3rd year growing these. Shelling peas is a lot of work, but we love these, so it is worth it. Good producer. Will grow again next yearDate published: 2011-07-29Rated 4 out of 5 by VegetableGrower from Good Grower I started mine indoors and then put in a small garden. They started wonderfully and grew great. They have bright green leaves. When I put them in the garden they got weaker. Maybe the soil wasn't good for them or they didn't get enough sun. They aren't done growing yet so hopefully they will produce.Date published: 2010-06-10Rated 5 out of 5 by Kendra from Wonderful taste We didn't get to eat many of these due to the rabbits getting to them. They few we did get were very good. It was almost like eating pure sugar, no wonder the rabbits went for them.Date published: 2009-09-04Rated 5 out of 5 by Savanna from Very good harvest The kids and I planted 4 rows of these on the mesh trellises. The plants got to be about 3 feet tall and definitely needed the support. They produced 2 bowls per day for about 2 weeks. I had to go pick them every single day. Even though we had a great crop, they never did make it to the dinner plate. Very sweet and juicy! I placed them out on the table and let everyone help them selves throughout the day. We’ll plant some more in fall.Date published: 2009-05-31