Pisum sativum 'Alderman'

Maincrop pea

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Alderman' is widely grown as few other varieties of pea crop so well. The long, thick pods contain up to 11 large peas which have an excellent flavour. Sow outdoors from March to June for cropping between June and mid-October. Peas need well-drained but moist soil. Before sowing, dig in lots of organic matter, such as compost. Most varieties need to be given some support, such as netting or pea sticks. For the juiciest peas, water the plants once a week as soon as the plants begin to flower and form pods.

Family: Fabaceae/Papilionaceae

Genus: Pisum

Species: sativum

Cultivar: Alderman

Plant type: Vegetable

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Time to plant seeds: March to June

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