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Specially adapted for the cooler climates of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
These peas please. Arriving early, they produce prolifically and are deliciously sweet. Each pod arrives loaded with 7-8 utterly scrumptious peas. Growing to 40", these sturdy pea plants are adapted for the cooler climates of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Gardeners in those regions can now give peas a chance.
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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.
Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
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
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-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for 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
2-4 weeks BLF
Pea RSVPea is rated
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Rated 5 out of
Christine B from
Hands-Down my favorite pea!Years ago I went on a quest to find the best pea for me. I have a very large garden so I was afforded to space to try nearly every variety on the market. Some peas were horrible, some were okay, some were even good and very good. But RSVPea was the only one that I call "fabulous" and it easily became the only pea I've grown since. It's short, so doesn't take a big pea-fence. It's relatively disease free, although without air circulation it does get some powdery mildew. Sprouts and grows well in cold, saturated soil, but survives during that crucial week when comfy-drizzley-spring somehow turns to burning-furnace-summer within a matter of hours. The peas pick easily enough, and pop open like a charm. They have a fairly decent window before they turn starchy on the vine, too, so if you're like me and procrastinate pickin' time, they will wait for you for a few days. But the best part is the taste. So tender and sweet. To be honest, most of these peas don't make it out of the garden and all the way into the kitchen, but when they do, they cook, can and freeze really well. I hope Burbee never stops carrying these (It's the only place you can get 'em) because I will be heart-broken if I ever have to start growing a different variety.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of
Good resultsI live in northern Illinois and these germinated and produced well, better than other varieties. Perfect for a cooler climate where other peas bolt by the time they fruit.
Date published: 2016-06-30
Rated 1 out of
Weird productDon't know why I ordered this Turkey. Clearly I did not carefully read the description. The pods are inedible, the peas within are fine. I assume they are determinate. Will be happy to have the space back so I can plant something else.
Date published: 2014-06-27
Rated 4 out of
Kid's favorite!I actually like these a lot. It's true that the plants are small in size and not all the seeds germinated, but it's super early harvest, very productive and delicious. Wouldn't plant for cooking or freezing, but is fantastic to eat straight from the garden.
Date published: 2013-09-21
Rated 3 out of
OK, not greatI planted four types of peas this spring. These were the earliest to fruit, so I greeted them with joy. None of them made it into the house because I stood in the garden and ate them. They were sweet and good. The plants germinated well. Because the vines were so short I didn't feel like there was a large harvest from them, so I downgraded my rating based on harvest size.
Date published: 2012-06-17
Rated 1 out of
Very disappointedI planted these peas based on other reviews...in a freshly roto-tilled and composted garden with loamy soil, I had TWO plants germinate, then wither and die. I will try again with the leftover seed late this summer, but I'm not holding my breath...especially with the other recent reviews.
Date published: 2011-07-04
Rated 1 out of
Regrets OnlyThe RSVPea peas did not live up to their billing - in fact, these are the worst peas I have ever planted. The vines are short, and the pods are small, what few pods there are. To get enough peas to cook for one person, I have to pick them, wait a day or two (keeping the first ones in the refrigerator) and then pick again. Most pods have 4 small peas; a few have up to 6. Next year, I will go back to Burpeeana Early, a variety I can depend on. They were ready in 56 days, I will say that for them, but that's about all of the description that came true.
Date published: 2011-06-15
Rated 3 out of
Average at BestThis pea germinated well and grew faster than the other peas in the garden. The taste was ok but nothing special. Not real sweet. Caselode had greater yield and better taste.