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Pea, Maestro

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Great flavor. Plants bear heavy crops of 4½ " pods, with 9-12 medium-sized peas per pod.

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The sweetness of garden peas is legendary. Plants bear heavy crops of 4 1/2" pods with 9-12 medium-sized peas per pod. Direct-sow in early spring and again in midsummer for a fall crop. Outstanding winter crop in Zones 9-11. 200-225 seeds per packet, sows about 30 of row. Our seeds are not treated. Proven tops for performance, flavor and wide adaptability. The best way to stretch the harvest is to plant early and late varieties. Grows best in full sun but also in cool weather.
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Product properties

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

61 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

4 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

8 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

26 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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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.
  • Sow 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.
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days, possibly longer in cooler soils.
  • 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 they 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 Maturity
61 days
Fruit Size
4 inches
Full Sun
8 inches
26 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
6 inches
Life Cycle
Pea, Maestro is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy peasy! This was my first year trying peas, and I'm glad I did! The flavor on these is just terrific, and they grow with minimal fuss! I had a few issues though. First, they are delicate in the beginning, so definitely direct sow. They grow so quickly, that it's fine. I tried both ways to test and the transplants didn't really make it. Second, compared to other pole beans, these little guys DO NOT tend to reach out very far! They need their first holding to be VERY low. I'd say 3 inches above the soil at most. I had the twine in my garden at ~4 inches and I've still been having to coax them to grab all summer, which kept them short, which i think has effected my yield unfortunately. Lastly, I used fresh soil and fertilized once, and I still never got quite the proportions promised. The average bean was had four peas in it. And the lack of vertical height I think stunted the production per plant. Each one of mine has been producing maybe 3 smallish pods before drying out and dying on its own. Overall, they are SO easy, cheap, take up very little space, and are incredibly delicious! Just be sure to have a trellis that starts VERY low, or else they seem to have a hard time getting started! I think I'll try these peas again next year unless I find something with better reviews, because the yield was a bit disappointing.
Date published: 2016-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best peas I've ever raised. I will raise them again next year. High yield a full pods.
Date published: 2016-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fool proof! These peas were one of my best crops in my first garden!
Date published: 2013-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great taste I've tried a few kinds of peas, but always return to the Maestro. I plant a row of the Maestro and try a different type in a second row. The Maestro wins every year. Last year I decided to stop trying others and stick to what I know is going to be good. My husband and I end up eating at least 1/2 of them right off the vine.
Date published: 2013-02-25
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