Remember when you were a kid how fun it was to pop open a pod and eat the peas? Relive the memories and enjoy the wonderful taste of 'Progress #9'. Each 5" pod has 7-9 plump peas. A heavy producer, also called 'Laxton's Progress #9' (Thomas Laxton was a renowned 19th century strawberry breeder). Plants are resistant to common wilt disease.
• Botanical Name: Pisum sativum
• Days to Maturity: 58 days
• Family: Fabaceae
• Native: Western Asia, Europe, and North Africa
• Hardiness: Frost-tolerant annual
• Plant Dimensions: 18" tall
• Variety Information: 5" long pods that contain 7–9 plump peas. 'Progress #9' is a shelling pea with resistance to common wilt disease.
• Type: Shelling pea
• 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.