Pea, Mr Big
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Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
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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 Maturity58 daysFruit Size4 inchesSunFull SunSpread8 inchesHeight48 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeFall, SpringSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin6 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Pea, Mr Big is rated out of 5 by 6.Rated 4 out of 5 by crnp2001kas from Fairly decent production I was very hesitant to try pole peas again, as the RSVPeas I tried to grow last year were terrible. I am the only person who enjoys peas in my household, and I was fairly pleased with the results. Agree with the reviewer that said you have to be careful when picking...and looking at the peas through sunlight is helpful to see if they have matured. I only wish I had planted a second time a few weeks later -- they were all finished by July.Date published: 2014-11-02Rated 4 out of 5 by Hajnalka from Good, but watch when you pick them These germinated well,, about 90% direct-sown in Spring. (We had a horrible Spring with late frosts here in NC.) They eventually grew into strong, healthy plants. Number of pods per plant was lower than other peas. They really do grow enormous pods with many tasty peas, but knowing when to harvest was tricky. The pods will get huge and fat, but if you pick them too early the peas inside are very small and undeveloped. Recommend giving them a squeeze to make sure the peas have filled out the pod. These peas when ripe, look like other pea varieties that are over-ripe and tough. I hope this makes sense. May try them again next year, and hope for better weather for all of us!Date published: 2014-06-05Rated 5 out of 5 by MissAmy from Holy big fat peas Batman! I've planted these two years running. They are not the best germinators, they don't produce the most pea pods, but holy moly they are big fat peas. It makes picking and shucking them fun and fast. Which is sort of critical for us because we have lots of kids that like to garden, but only if they can be done quickly and eat a lot.Date published: 2014-01-13Rated 5 out of 5 by AustinGardner from Great producer and excellent taste We planted in October for a early winter harvest. I picked our first batch today and the pods were bigger than my fingers. They taste great fresh out of the garden and cooked. This variety has found a home in our Austin garden.Date published: 2012-12-16Rated 5 out of 5 by MAdair from Pea Pod Envy Wow big peas. This plant produces pods that get noticed. These large pods fill up the basket quick. Picking peas becomes easy when the pods are this big. These peas have good flavor and produce early. Still producing after Burpeeanna has given up.Date published: 2012-06-05Rated 3 out of 5 by GardenGirl88 from Not Terribly Impressed Although the germination was pretty good- 80-85%- these seem to put a lot of energy making big, thick pods instead of filling them with peas. We planted these on one side of a fence and another variety on the other. On a plant to plant level, the other variety produced more peas using less plants in the same amount of space. Flavor was very good, but I wish we had more to show for it.Date published: 2009-08-26