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Tall Telephone Pea (Heirloom, 68 Days)

Heirloom 1891. Another good choice for the space efficient garden because of the long vine length. Climbing 4-5’ up a trellis, they bear big, easy to see and pick pods. Late maturing, they handle heat very well and produce huge, sweet, buttery tasting peas. Also known as Alderman. 200 seeds

1 Ounce = 100-120 seeds


Pisum sativum

Germination: 7-14 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 50-75ºF. Planting in cooler soil results in slower germination.

Seed Sowing Depth: 1" deep

Sowing Outdoors- Early spring until last frost date when soil temperature reaches 50-75ºF. Sow 1-2" apart. Sow two months before last frost date for smaller fall harvests.

How much does a packet plant: 12-15 foot single row

Harvest- Pick every day for continuous harvest.

Tips- Adding inoculant with rhizobium bacteria will increase yields. Varieties with vine lengths over 3 feet require support.

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Mary V.
United States United States
I recommend this product

We love this variety--Tall Telephone pea!

Thank you, Pine Tree for keeping this pea variety in stock as it is getting harder and harder to find. It has been the only variety of garden pea that really produces for us in NW Arkansas consistently. Because of our unpredictable spring weather and short cool weather season in the spring, I plant these inside and transplant both these and snap peas and then trellis them. (I presoak with one Tablespoon of peroxide/ Qt. of water at room temperature over night, drain, then plant in potting soil with inoculant. Great germination this way. I harden off and transplant at 2-3 inches and they take right off when transplanted.) Tall telephone gets to about 7ft before the heat stops them. We always get a reliable yield from these. Even with the above coddling the other varieties of garden peas have had very weak yields, but Tall Telephone has been always reliable.


Pinetree Garden Seeds

HI Mary, Thank you for your feedback. The Tall Telephone Pea is a great old standby pea! Thank you and have a wonderful Holiday Season! Deby

Kate S.
United States United States

The telephone peas are delicious. The pods are huge but many do not fill out. There were around 120 seeds per pack - advertised as 200.


Pinetree Garden Seeds

Hi Kate, The pods not filling out fully is usually an environmental issue, the plants need fertilizer or more water. Our catalog does state that a packet is 1 ounce which is from 100 - 120 seeds per packet since seed size varies. Thank you and Happy Gardening ~ Deby

United States United States
I recommend this product

Telephone Pole Peas vs Magnolia Purple Pods

All my Pinetree products have pleased me. Quality, quantity, delivery, choices. I tried Telephone Pole Peas this year more as a novelty since I have many others that I like. Well, moving to the top of the list now is Telephone Pole Peas. Magnolia will have to share the #1 spot. Both types produced extremely well and still are despite our 90 degree weather, dry spells, drenching, rabbits, deer and other challenges. Telephone peas are over the 6' fence, pods really stand out, very sweet peas. Magnolia is purple and edible including the blossoms. Fantastic producer. Both freeze very well and are tasty raw or barely cooked. Magnolia now is planted for fall/winter using a container which I take inside for picking from the window.

Paula F.
United States United States

Seed shop 2021

Great as always!

Sharon K.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Tall telephone peas

The seeds arrived quickly and were planted according to the package directions. Germination was near 100%. They have grown to the top of the chicken wire and above. The pods are 4-5 inches and full of peas. Will certainly order them again.