English Pea
Pisum sativum 'Tom Thumb'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pisum (PEES-um) (Info)
Species: sativum (sa-TEE-vum) (Info)
Cultivar: Tom Thumb

Category:

Vegetables

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

New York City, New York

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jan 8, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This group of peas, Tom Thumb, refers to extreme dwarf plant habits, of which many strains of Tom Thumb peas have existed in the past. We think this pea from the 1800s still has great value today for gardeners as the best dwarf pea for pot culture. Perfect for indoor or outdoor table centerpieces, great for your guests to snack on! Plants are able to withstand hard frosts, reportedly down to 20º Fahrenheit. Good for cold-frame production, or plant them along the edges of pots or containers. A great-tasting little piece of the past that’s available today. 50-55 days.