A triple treat sensation! Parsley-like tendrils, peas, and pod are all edible and delicious.
Days To Maturity
2-4 weeks BLF
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 Maturity24-60 daysFruit Size4 inchesSunFull SunSpread26-30 inchesHeight28-32 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeFall, SpringSow Time2-4 weeks BLFThin4 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Pea, Masterpiece is rated out of 5 by 4.Rated 5 out of 5 by Birderdt from Absolutely delish this pea quickly overwhelmed the small trellises I set up for them. There were pods I couldn't even get to under all that vegetation! Pick as soon as the pods start to swell for the sweetest, most tender pods. They were sweet, delicious and unbelievably easy to grow in well tilled garden soil. I'm planting again for the fall!Date published: 2015-08-24Rated 5 out of 5 by Nichole from Delicious and Compact I had to write a redeeming review on these wonderful peas! I bought them specifically because of their edible tendrils and ornamental quality. Not only are the tendrils fresh-tasting and easy to harvest, but the plants are also compact and gorgeous in a hanging basket or container. I would definitely recommend these peas for those reasons alone. Make sure you read the descriptions of the product BEFORE ordering to ensure you are getting what you want! You will not be disappointed if these are some of the unique qualities you want in your pea plants this spring.Date published: 2015-01-03Rated 4 out of 5 by ejd51 from A very early salad ingredient I planted the peas along a chicken-wire type fence of about 18" and they trained along it. The tendrils appeared very quickly and so we enjoyed them in our early spring salads. You have to eat them when they are young as they toughen up later. The peas were very tasty also. The early tendrils are the biggest benefit of these peas as they make a nice additional to the other early salad greens.Date published: 2014-09-21Rated 1 out of 5 by tomatthe from Not climbing peas In buying these I didn't realize they do not have tendrils at all. They flop around on the soil and have no climbing ability. The foliage which is edible is kind of fun, but not at the expense of the peas not having the ability to climb. They produced well enough, but they were just a big pile of vines all on top of each other since they wouldn't grow upward. Will not grow again.Date published: 2014-07-14