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Pea, Wando

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Productive warm weather pea with cold tolerance.

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The sweetness of garden peas is legendary. Wando is our most productive pea in warm weather. It's also tolerant of cold, so it can be planted early. The blunt, dark green pods with 7 to 8 medium-sized peas are great fresh or frozen. Makes an outstanding winter crop in Zones 9-11. The best way to stretch the harvest is to plant early and late varieties. Direct-sow in early spring, again in midsummer for a fall crop. 200-225 seeds per packet, sows about 30' of row. Our seeds are not treated.
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Product properties

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

68 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

3-4 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.

6-8 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

2-32 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 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
68 days
Fruit Size
3-4 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
6-8 inches
Height
2-32 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
Thin
6 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Pea, Wando is rated 4.833333333333333 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wanda pea height I love Wando peas, but they have tendency to grow very tall, but the vines can be snipped to control the height.
Date published: 2016-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wando Peas grow like magic I've grown Wando for years and am always happy with them. The only challenge is their height. I use expanding pea fence and the normal height is not enough for Wando. I finally got double height fence and that made all the difference. My Wando peas have climbed six feet in height and are doing great. I can even reach up to pick peas instead of bending over, The pods themselves are more compact than most varieties with 7-8 peas per pod just as advertised. I always have great germination and vigorous growth from Wando.
Date published: 2015-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nematode tolerant and excellent germination Bought wando because it is the only pea said to be nematode resistant. It surely is! Planted seeds in the ground in unusually cold (for SoCal) December. While poor germination from super sugar snap and oregon giant, outstanding germination and plant vigor from wando. My little granddaughter will enjoy shelling and eating the peas.
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific producer This pea variety lasts the longest in our hot climate - we get a least a month's worth of harvest out of it, which is pretty good for our area. The peas do need to be shelled, but they are tender and sweet and freeze well. The plants usually reach 5ft tall and get pretty heavy when they are loaded down with pods. We usually freeze at least 15 quarts of peas every year and this is our variety of choice.
Date published: 2013-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grows beautifully in the heat This one is welcome in my garden over and over! The only thing that could make this pea any better is edible pods. They are compact, pretty, fairly pest-resistant and easy to grow. I did not experience any issues with germination and the yield was exceptional on such small plants. We enjoyed the tender small peas both fresh and cooked. Delicious flavor, sweet and balanced. I grew them all year long, even through the hot desert summers.
Date published: 2011-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect Pea for my climate This is the perfect pea for my climate. It had no problem handling my cold spring that quickly became a hot summer. It was fairly productive, I picked enough peas to have about 2 shelled cups every other day for a few weeks (from one small package). Perfect when eaten raw or steamed.
Date published: 2009-07-16
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