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Pea, Burpeeana Early

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Extremely prolific and early and very sweet.

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The sweetness of garden peas is legendary. This Burpee-bred early, extremely prolific, all-purpose pea produces straight 3" pods filled with 8 to 10 medium to large peas. It freezes well and is 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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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.


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

63 days

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

3 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.

24 inches

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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: Apr-04 - Last Date: May-16

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
63 days
Fruit Size
3 inches
Full Sun
8 inches
24 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
6 inches
Pea, Burpeeana Early is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive! For the fun of it, I like to grow a different kind of shelling pea every year just to see if there's any difference or any must-have varieties. To be honest, most ones I've grown are about the same, and this one isn't really anything special either. That said, I have nothing to complain about. The yields were very good, and the flavor was nice and sweet. What makes the score a perfect size was the pod size. There were probably seven to nine peas in most of the pods, especially the ones at the beginning of the season! I was very impressed by this productivity.
Date published: 2019-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good all around pea These were great tolerated, the late spring heat here in the south! Production was high. Quality was a little lower than Early Perfection but overall yield was higher.
Date published: 2019-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best pea crop ever! This was the best pea crop in several years. The pea plants had several pods. Sweet, and matured at the same time. Will plant again.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like this pea Being Welsh I love green peas. I now live in South Georgia, zone 8, and this did well in my newly expanded (back to Eden style) garden with a chicken wire fence. I picked and froze peas until the hot weather arrived. It's very easy to grow. I am getting ready to put in a fall planting and will plant double next spring. A nice sweet pea with full pods. In fact, our 2 large rescue dogs are also partial to these peas and will steal them off the vine when given the opportunity! Many of my friends have been pleasantly surprised when trying this pea as a raw snack.
Date published: 2016-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Toughest Pea Around This was my first time planting peas and I wanted a sweet, early variety. I planted mid-April in a raised bed filled with 1/3 Peat Moss, 1/3 Vermiculite and 1/3 organic compost. I was worried I messed up because I didn't soak the seed or inoculate it, but within 2 weeks I had 100% germination! Even the seed my husband randomly planted in the yard was growing at the same pace as those in the garden. And it kept up until a groundhog discovered it. True to the label, the pea pods formed at 63 days. The random spring weather fluctuating from a week of 80 degree temps to a week of 50 degree temps and back again didn't stop these hardy peas! Just as I was watching more than 40 pods form from the first batch of blossoms, that wayward groundhog found its way into my garden and munched the plants. We battled for two weeks and despite the devastation, the pea plants started generating new growth and blossoming again. Sadly, the groundhog won the battle and in June I had to cut the pea plants out of my garden. I did get to pick about a dozen pods before the battle was lost and the peas inside were well formed and had the sweetest flavor leaving my taste buds wanting more! (The shelling peas I ended up having to buy from my local farmer are no match for Burpeena Early Pea!) I will grow these again next year after I've installed a better garden fence to protect them.
Date published: 2015-06-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pea burpeeana I am totally disappointed in this product Pea. Burpeeana early. prolific and sweet may never happen. I planted some sugar snap peas in the same box on the same day in the same soil and a month later i have over two foot tall sugar snap peas in full bloom and only maybe six inches of growth on the Burpeeana early. at this rate it may never bloom and with the weather change it may become to hot here in the south east for them to develop. We planted when the weather was still cold even had a frost but we cover the small peas to protect them. so both peas have the same treatment same soil and planted on the same day. I would NEVER buy this pea again because prolific is something it is not. I will give them another month then of they have not started to climb or bloom, i will pull them up and feed them to the rabbit. NIx on Burpeeana early.
Date published: 2015-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Pea! This has been a very productive pea in my garden--lovely, evenly shaped pods with deliciously tender peas inside. The weather has been ideal for peas, but even after the heat came, these kept on producing. Important to pick regularly, and provide support.
Date published: 2014-07-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not so great Wouldn't order these again. Little tiny plants produced just a few.
Date published: 2013-10-05
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