Thomas Laxton English Peas
This pea carries Thomas Laxton's name, but was breed by his sons William and Edward Laxton Brother's and named in honor of Thomas' contribution to horticulture and plant breeding. Thomas Laxton died in 1893 and the pea first appeared in 1898.
Any pea that was introduced over 100 years ago and is still widely grown should tell you volumes. Reliable, consistent, and sweet are just some of the words used to describe this pea.
Tasty bright green peas, excellent quality, and high in sugar content. Pods grow to about 3-4 1/2 inches, containing six to eight peas each. Vigorous 3 foot vines are perfect for fences or arbors. A performer in cool coastal conditions and it is wilt resistant.
Sun - full sun
Spread - 2-3 feet
Height - will vine
Days to Maturity - 65 days
Ideal Planting Time - 6 weeks before avg. last frost
Seed Depth - 1 1/2 inches
Seed Spacing - 6 inches
Row Spacing - 6 inches
Days to Germination - 6-24 days
Harvest Tips - Peas will be ready for harvest 55 to 80 days from sowing. Pick shelling peas (garden, English, and snap peas) when the pods are bulging and green, before peas start to harden. Young peas will be tastier than older ones. Withered and yellowed pods can be used for dried peas.
Other Planting Tips - Heirloom peas like it cool, so you can plant them 3-4 weeks before your last frost date but be sure the soil is well drained and raised in beds or rows. Germination in these heirloom peas is as low as 45 degrees and it is often said that a cooler pea will be sweeter. Using soil inoculation will increase yields by boosting the available nitrogen in the soil.
Available - 1/2 oz. and 1 oz. pkgs.
Grow peas supported by poles, a trellis, or fence. Planting time. Peas are a cool-season crop that must mature before the weather gets warm. The ideal growing temperature for peas is 55°F to 70°F. Sow peas in the garden 6 weeks before the average last frost date in spring or as soon as the soil can be worked.
Many different veggies can be planted alongside peas. Including beans, carrots, corn, cucumber, radish, celery, chicory, eggplant, parsley, strawberries and turnips.
It'd not recommended to plant onions or garlic around peas.