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Organic Pea Seeds, Tom Thumb

Pisum sativum
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A very early maturing pea producing 4-5 cm (1 1/2 - 2") pods that are exceptionally sweet. This miniature shelling pea grows 15-20 cm (6-8") making it perfect for containers or small gardens. Can also be eaten as a snow pea in its early stages.

  • SKU: 139823
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Grow best in
Best In:
Full sun
Days to germination
Days to
5 to 10 days
Water needs
Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
Days to maturity
Days to
55 days
Best container size
Container Size:
Growing height
Growing Height:
15-20 cm (6-8")
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  • Plant Type: Vegetable
  • Botanical Name: Pisum sativum
  • Fill Weight (grams): 8
  • Approximate Seed Count: 20-30
  • Characteristics: shelling type
  • Planting Method: Sow Direct
  • Plant Lifecycle: Annual
  • Seed Type: Heirloom
  • Water Needs: Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
  • Flavor: Sweet, tender and succulent
  • Companion Planting: Plant near alyssum, carrots, chives, corn, lettuce, mint, radish, spinach, turnip. Chives have the ability to repel aphids. Mint not only enhances both the taste and health benefits of dishes, but also improves flavor. Alyssum serves as an attractant for pollinators and promotes the presence of green lacewings, which are natural predators of aphids. Avoid planting peas in close proximity to garlic and onions as they can impede the growth of peas.
  • Preparation Ideas: Perfect in soups or cooked.
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    Growing Instructions:

    Peas are a cool season crop and seeds can be sown directly in the garden in early Spring as soon as the soil can be worked. Soil temperature should be between 10-16° C (50-60°F) . To speed up germination, soak seed 30 minutes to 24 hours in room temperature water before planting. Space seeds and plant to the depth indicated below. Press seeds into the soil to ensure good contact and cover with 2.5 cm (1") of soil. After planting, water seeds with a gentle mist or shower. It is critical to keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy during germination. When your seedlings reach a height of a few centimetres (inches) and have developed 2 or 3 pairs of leaves, it is important to thin them out, according to the plant spacing indicated below. Do not allow the soil to become dry, as young plants have underdeveloped roots and can quickly dehydrate, particularly in windy conditions. Pea seeds can be succession planted every to 2 weeks until mid June for a continuous supply of fresh beans. Harvest peas regularly to encourage further production.

    Click here to read more information on planning and planting a garden.

  • Planting Depth: 2.5 cm (1")
  • Seed Spacing: 2.5 cm (1")
  • Plant Spacing: 10 cm (4")
  • Row Spacing: 75 cm (30")

  • Instructions for Nutrient Care: Feed plants SUPERthrive once per week. Mix 1.2 ml (1/4 tsp) per 4L (1 gallon) of water in a watering can and apply solution to the base of the plants.
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Growing Suggestions:
  • Garden peas are ready for harvest about 18-21 days after flowering. Pick the pods when the seeds are plump and shell before use. Harvest peas in the morning after the dew has dried. They are crispiest and sweetest then.
  • Peas do not like excessive heat and will do poorly when temperatures exceed 26°C (80ºF).
  • Keep an eye out for birds as they are prone to snack on sprouted peas. If necessary, cover young peas with a row cover.
  • Most pea varieties are self-supporting during growth. Taller pea varieties are more productive and easier to harvest if they are trellised or fenced.
  • Peas can be grown as microgreens for the quick-growing shoots.
  • Do not overwater as wet soil promotes root rot diseases and slows plant growth. Water needs are most critical after flowering. Drought stress will decrease yield due to pod abortion and reduce seed size, increase pod stringiness, and alter seed quality.
  • Peas have shallow root systems and care should be taken when cultivating and weeding near the plants.
  • Flowers falling off plants? Plants may have been water or heat-stressed just prior to or after the flowers open. Pea flowers are very sensitive to temperatures above 26°C( 80ºF) and if dry conditions occur, the plants will shed their flowers.
  • Stringy peas are the result of heat or water stress. Fibers in the pods get tougher making the pods less desirable.

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