Early Alaska Sweet Peas are tender, sweet flavored peas that are held upright on the top of semi-leafless
plants that support themselves with extra tendrils.
Alaska Sweet Pea grows best in cooler
weather and is among the earliest varieties picked each year. Delicious
fresh, frozen, or canned.
Average: 59 days
Detailed planting instructions:
Sow seed in spring as soon as you can work the soil - as early as late
March or early April depending on how quickly the soil warms and dries.
Peas planted in cold soil (40 F) are slow to germinate. Later plantings
made when the soil is warmer (60 F or more) often catch up quickly
with earlier plantings. Use raised beds if your soil is slow to drain.
Make additional plantings through early- to mid- May, or
plant varieties with different maturity dates to increase the harvest
Plant seeds 1 to 2 inches deep, 1 to 4 inches apart in
rows 18 inches apart. Or sow about 1 inch apart in a 3-inch-wide band
(about 25 seeds per foot). Shallow planting is best when soils are
cool and wet. Plant deeper if soil is dry. A quick way to seed is to
make a furrow or trench with a hoe, place seed in the furrow, cover and
firm. Do not thin.
Erect trellis for tall-growing, vining types at planting
using chicken wire, brush or other suitable trellis material. If
trellising, increase row spacing to 4 to 6 feet.
Keep soil moist, but avoid heavy watering during flowering, which can interfere with pollination.
Intercrop peas with fast-growing cool-season crops such
as spinach or radishes. After final harvest, follow with late squash
plantings or fall-harvested cool-season crops such as broccoli, leeks
Sow fall crops about 8 to 10 weeks before first frost
date. Fall crops can be disappointing if hot weather persists.
Powdery-mildew-resistant varieties are best for fall crops.
Do not use high-nitrogen fertilizers. Too much nitrogen
will result in lush foliage but poor flowering and fruiting.
Inoculation with rhizobia bacteria may be beneficial if peas have not
been grown in the past.
Do not plant peas in the same place more than once in
every 4 years. Avoid planting where in places where peas have suffered
before from root rot.
Pea pods usually measure anywhere from 1-3/4 and 6 inches. They are best
harvested when they are slightly immature as this will give you the
sweetest taste. The peas that are ready first will be located at the
bottom of the plant and once they are ready start picking because this
will encourage the plant to produce more. You will know they are ready
when the pod looks green, shiny, and puffy and you pinch the pod you can
feel fully formed round fruit. Another way to check is to look at the
seam on the sides of the pods. Rip peas will change from a convex to a
concave shape. To pick peas hold on to the pod with one hand and vine
with the other and tug it off. They tend to want to hold on to the vine
so make sure you don't tug the vine out of the ground.
If you are growing snap peas make sure to pick them before
the peas inside the pod fill out as their sweetness diminishes as the
seed grows. Snow peas should be harvested when the pods are still flat.
Peas quickly loose their sweetness after harvesting so
make sure to use them immediately. If you don't need them right away
make sure to freeze them to preserve their flavor.
Save pea seeds by allowing the pods to ripen on the plants until they're
dry and starting to turn brown, with the seeds rattling inside. This
may be as long as a month after you would normally harvest the peas or
beans to eat. Strip the pods from the plants and spread them out to dry
indoors. They should dry at least two weeks before shelling, or you can
leave the seeds in the pods until planting time.
- Comes in E-Z Lock resealable, reusable triple-layered foil packets
- Seeds are open pollinated and can be grown, harvested, and replanted endlessly
- Dried & sealed airtight for long-term storage
- Nutritional value: Contains Calcium, Iron and Vitamins A, B1, B2, Niacin and C.