Product Number: 26501
New to my garden this year are these magnolia peas, coincidently planted where we took out an old magnolia tree. They grew to about six feet on cage and lasted into late July producing easy to find, medium size purple pods with great flavor. Have tried most types of sugar snap pea varieties in my 35 years of gardening and was happy to find a new type with some heat resistance. Always seemed just when peas started getting productive, a heat wave moved in and shut down production. Not this time and we had ninety degree plus heat and dry. Pod may be a little tougher then other varieties when raw, but if steaming or cooking them you won't notice a difference. On my permanent list of seed orders.
First grew last year and I was hooked! Super producer and sweet flavor. Easier to see than green ones which is a plus. These plants are so beautiful with dainty purple flowers against bright green vines and delicate looking tendrils. I did find this years seeds to produce stringy pods, the only drawback....I'm still hooked! Of course I underestimated how high I needed to trellis this beautiful vine. There is always the fall.
To start, we had a great germination rate and the bi-color flowers and purple pods were fun to have in the garden. However, you need to pick them young and even then, they are not as flavorful as the more common sugar snap peas.
Since I just put the seeds in the ground about a week ago, there's not much I can say about them except that several have sprouted.
They haven't matured enough for me to tell you how they taste, but I can tell you that they are very vigorous growers. The have already attained a height of about four feet. Down here where I live, that is saying something, because the growing conditions around here are horrible.
Outdoors- Sow 1” deep and 1-2” apart in early spring with soil temperatures 40-70 degrees.
Harvest- Pick every day for continuous harvest.
Tips- Adding inoculant with rhizobium bacteria will increase yields. Plant again, two months before last frost date for smaller fall harvests. Varieties with vine lengths over 3 feet require support.