A French variety also known as petit pois, meaning "baby peas", 'Iona' pods are half the size of regular peas, but rich in sweet pea flavor. A productive plant that often produces three dark green pods per node. Short vines to 28" do not require support. Disease resistant to powdery mildew, Fusarium wilt race 1, 2, and bean leaf roll 2.
• Botanical Name: Pisum sativum
• Days to Maturity: 68 days
• Family: Fabaceae
• Native: Western Asia, Europe, and North Africa
• Hardiness: Frost-tolerant annual
• Plant Dimensions: 26"–28" tall
• Variety Information: 3" dark green pods containing half-size, sweet, flavorful peas. 'Iona' is a shelling type, petite pea with resistance to powdery mildew, • Fusarium wilt race 1 and race 2, and bean leaf roll 2.
• Type: Shelling pea
• Attributes: Disease Resistant
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, when soil temperature is at least 40°F, ideally 60°–80°F and again 10 to 12 weeks before your average first frost date. In Mild Climates, sow in fall or winter for winter harvest. Best grown in temperatures less than 85°F.
• When to Start Inside: Not recommended.
• Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
• Seed Depth: 1"
• Seed Spacing: 2"
• Row Spacing: 18"
• Thinning: Not required.
• Harvesting: Shelling peas should be harvested when the pods are plump, about 3 weeks after flowering. Peas that are too mature are tough and will cause the plant to stop producing; therefore, harvest regularly when pods are at their peak. Use scissors to harvest or hold vine with one hand and pick the pods with the other; vines are fragile.