Compact variety that grows well in containers and pots.
Custom-bred for containers and small space gardens, Peas-in-a-Pot is a petite 10" plant that produces a yield a pea plant four times its size would be proud of. Grow in an 8" diameter pot on a sunny balcony, deck or patio.
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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.
The average size of the fruit produced by this product.
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.
The width of the plant at maturity.
The typical height of this product at maturity.
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
2-4 weeks BLF
Pea, Peas-in-a-Pot is rated
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Rated 2 out of
Not worth the troubleThe taste was fine, but the small pods with few peas meant it wasn't worth the trouble. You would do better with larger, normal peas in a bigger pot. Only if you're really limited to a small pot on a tiny terrace should you consider these.
Date published: 2016-08-05
Rated 2 out of
Container peaThis pea grew well in my container but each plant only produced one or two pods. Not that tasty. I will try a sweeter variety in the container and see how it does,
Date published: 2015-07-04
Rated 4 out of
JUst WonderingI love them. They were sweet and tender. Just picked my first pod at 30 days. Plants are healthy in a well drained pot with Miracle Grow soil. I have 5 plants in a 6.5" dia x 6" deep pot they're 5-6" tall and grew two pods per plant. I want to know is my pot big enough? My roots are coming out the bottom. I planted 4 more seeds in each pot. It seemed like there was not enough plants in each pot. Word of advice, make sure they are well drained pots. My other two did not make it after two weeks, they drowned. I mean very well drained pots. I started them indoors at first giving them a few hours of sun when the weather warmed up. They are in full sun now and it's been over 80 for two weeks. Any advice?
Date published: 2015-03-21
Rated 5 out of
Grows well. Good TasteDoes as described but need to plant many to get meal worth for family of 4. Does mature in almost exactly 60 days. I have bought many times. Excellent in containers.
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 3 out of
Not as sweet as expectedSuper germination, very fast growth, excellent yield in an amazing compact space. These were very cute and lots of fun to grow. We were less enthusiastic about eating them though. They were not as sweet and tender as traditional sugar snaps grown on the vine.
Date published: 2014-07-01
Rated 1 out of
Not ImpressedI am completely unimpressed with these seeds. I planted under two different scenarios - in 8 inch pots and directly into a 12 inch deep raised garden bed, 4 feet long by 4 feet wide.
The seeds planted in the pots sprouted quickly, but soon slowed down significantly. The plants did not produce anything CLOSE to the picture or produce more than an absolute maximum of 5 pods before promptly dying after the pods were picked off. The plants consisted of three main "limbs" on each plant that were weak and leaning.
The seeds planted in the raised garden bed sprouted quickly as well, but did not get larger than 2-3 inches tall before completely stunting. They are now producing completely empty pods. Again, the plants consisted of three main "limbs" on each plant that were weak and leaning.
In total, I planted for 16 plants, ended up with only 15 plants (one plant did not sprout at all) and I have managed to harvest an embarrassing total of 27 peas. Both plantings have been watered regularly and received constant sunshine. The plants in the pots are completely dead after picking off the few pods that they produced (between four plants, we managed to get 7 pods and a total of 27 salvageable peas.) The plants in the bed are stunted and producing empty pods.
Date published: 2014-06-16
Rated 4 out of
Appears slow growing, but surprise! Flowers!I planted about 12 seeds in mid October, and of those, about 8 germinated. I expect that was due to the weird weather rather than the quality of the seeds, though. About 7 weeks later I've got little flowers on my pea plants! Since they stay small, they appeared to grow rather slowly. They're only about 6 inches tall, though, and are throwing out flowers left and right! We had a few freezes recently, but nothing below 28 degrees. The peas look just fine. Great winter crop, and I can't wait to see what the peas taste like!
Date published: 2013-12-09
Rated 5 out of
amazing little plant!When the blossoms first appeared on my barely 8 inch high peas-in-a-pot, I thought surely they wouldn't produce actual peas on such a small plant. I was so wrong! My pea pods are as long as the plant is high, and my first taste of fresh, raw garden peas was amazing! So sweet! 100 % germination and super easy to grow! I have started 6 more plants since my initial 6 plants - want to enjoy as many of these peas as possible! Please continue to carry these seeds Burpee, I just love them!