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Pea, Mr Big

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A well named pea with such large peas, the pods are bursting at the seams. Extra sweet with 9 to 10 peas per pod. Vine height 4' with good resistance to Fusarium wilt race 1. To save space and make picking easier, provide support or a fence for this variety to climb on.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

58 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.

48 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 cowpeas 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.
  • Sow in average soil in a sunny location after danger of frost and soil has warmed, from spring to early summer. Sow after the soil has warmed, as seeds may rot in cooler soils.
  • Coat untreated seed with an inoculant.
  • Sow in rows 24 inches apart. Sow seeds 3 inches apart and cover with 2 inches of fine soil. Firm lightly and water gently.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
  • Keep sowing bean seeds every 2 weeks for a constant supply of beans.
  • Thin gradually to stand 12 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches high.

How to Grow

  • In dry weather, keep soil well-watered. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Cultivate or mulch to keep weed-free, but do not work or handle plants when leaves are wet.
  • Beans as companion plants: Planted closely in rows spaced around two feet, bush bean plants blend well with like-sized warm-season vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes and eggplants. Between towers of pole bean plants, planting vines like squash can help keep weeds down. Pole beans can help protect cool-season vegetables such as spinach and lettuces, as the weather warms.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • For fresh use, pick pods as soon as well-filled out with peas
  • For dried bean use, harvest in about 80 days
  • To Dry Beans: Allow the beans to stay on the plants until they are partially dry. Then pull up the plants and hang them in a warm, dry place with good air circulation until the pods and seeds are thoroughly dry. Shell the beans and save the pods and plants for composting.
Days To Maturity
58 days
Fruit Size
4 inches
Full Sun
8 inches
48 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
After Last Frost
6 inches
Life Cycle
Pea, Mr Big is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 4 out of 5 by 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: 2014-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by 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: 2014-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2014-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2012-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2012-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by 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
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