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Pea, Thomas Laxton

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HEIRLOOM. The vines are big and productive.

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Thomas Laxton is considered the greatest pea breeder ever, and this century-old variety is his masterpiece. Try it and see why. Pods contain 8 peas and often up to 10; vines at 3' are easy to trellis.
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55 days

Fruit Size null

3-4 inches

Sun null

Full Sun

Spread null

6-8 inches

Height null

36 inches

Sow Method null

Direct Sow

Planting Time null

Fall, Spring

Sow Time null

2-4 weeks BLF

Thin null

6 inches

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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 Maturity
    55 days
    Fruit Size
    3-4 inches
    Full Sun
    6-8 inches
    36 inches
    Sow Method
    Direct Sow
    Planting Time
    Fall, Spring
    Sow Time
    2-4 weeks BLF
    6 inches
    Life Cycle
  • Pea, Thomas Laxton is rated 3.3333 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Marrowfat Peas My UK-born wife was raised with "marrowfat peas" and loves them. Buying imported cans is not an efficient! After a bit of research - these looked to fit the bill. We used a large homemade self-watering container garden. Our spring was snowy until late spring (when we got early summer weather). The plants were started indoors (9/10 germination) and transferred outside to the north side of the house 2 weeks later than planned. In retrospect the east side of the house would've been a better fit for the odd spring weather pattern. Most of the polinators appeared to be native (not European bees). The vines are long and, while none of the pods made it in to the house, there were handfuls of peas (a dozen or so pods) for a couple of weeks. The heat got the vines but the few tendrils in the deepest shade were valiantly producing 2-3 pods every few days. The pods are tough - my German Grandma would call these "field peas". Once you get the trick of determining "are we there yet" these peas are firm and meaty (not pasty or overly sweet). Don't pick too early: no peas. Don't pick too late: peas deflate and start heading towards being a "dry pea" ... tough and chewy. Bottom line: most of our problems were weather related. We will be planting this seed again... but with a north and an east container-bed location.
    Date published: 2015-01-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from our favorite These are our favorite peas - they out produce other peas (including modern) here in appalachia and have a great flavor - they do grow big vines in our organic soil but they are the best we've tried. They freeze well also. the region window isn't accurate for our area
    Date published: 2014-01-31
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Flavor pea but way too much fiber I have been growing quite some pea, wanted to try a heirloom but boy did I pick a wrong one?? this Thomas Laxton is a slow grow pea, so fibrous that I do not know when to pick it. Pick young then no seed inside, wait to have seed bump up then it is so much fiber. and it takes so long from flowering to be ready. The pea seed itself does have strong flavor but that it is. very disappointed. Vine is not big and not productive
    Date published: 2014-01-08
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