Pisum sativum 'Fortune'

Pisum sativum 'Fortune'

Pea

Key Information

  • Botanical name: Pisum sativum 'Fortune'
  • Common name: Pea
  • Plant type: Vegetable

Height: 60cm

Spread: 25cm

Foliage colour:
  • Green

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Peas are easy to grow, producing masses of pods loaded with sweet-tasting peas that can be eaten raw or cooked, and used in salads, stir-fries and as a traditional accompaniment to meat dishes. The sweetness of peas quickly diminishes after picking, so it's best to eat them as soon after harvesting as possible.

There are many pea varieties to choose from, ranging from early maturing peas that can be sown in autumn and are ready to harvest in June, to maincrop cultivars that don't mature until October. Dwarf varieties don't need staking but produce fewer pods, while sugar snap and manetout peas are the easiest to grow.

Pisum sativum 'Fortune' is claimed to be a replacement for the older variety 'Feltham First', boasting reliable yields of excellent quality peas. For best results grow in moist but well-drained soil. Before sowing, dig in plenty of organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure. 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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil, Needs regular watering in pots
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Sow
Sow
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Yes
Plant
Plant
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Yes
Harvest
Harvest
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Yes

Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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