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Pisum sativum ‘Hurst Greenshaft’

Pea

  • Botanical name: Pisum sativum 'Hurst Greenshaft'
  • Common name: Pea
  • Family: Papilionaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable, Evergreen
Foliage colour:

Green

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.

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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.

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Pisum sativum ‘Hurst Greenshaft’ is a maincrop pea variety, which produces a heavy crop of long pods, each with at least 10 peas per pod. The pods can be harvested from June to July and have an excellent flavour. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

How to grow Pisum 'Hurst Greenshaft'

  • Plant size

    1.5m height

    20cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Sow

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Plant

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Harvest
Harvest

Do not Harvest in January

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Pisum 'Hurst Greenshaft' and wildlife

Pisum 'Hurst Greenshaft' is known for attracting bees. It nectar-pollen-rich-flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Pisum 'Hurst Greenshaft' poisonous?

Pisum 'Hurst Greenshaft' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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