How to Grow Telephone Peas

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Telephone peas produce large pods that generally hold from eight to 10 peas. These climbing peas can reach five feet or more and are prolific producers of sweet juicy peas that are unmatched by dwarf varies. They bear fruit in mid summer and last for several weeks. Picking young peas before they have matured will encourage the plant to continue producing peas. They are grown in much the same conditions as their shorter relatives, but do require considerable support in the form of a fence or trellis.


Growing Telephone Peas

Step 1

Select a growing area and install a five foot fence or trellis. Chain linked fence works well for telephone peas, but they can be grown on plastic garden fencing, trellises, or even with garden twine on wooden posts. Choose a fence that fits your budget and gardening style.

Step 2

Soak the pea seed in a bucket of tepid water overnight. The seeds will swell as they take in moisture so allow plenty of room. These seeds will easily double in size so plan accordingly.

Step 3

Plant pea seeds as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring.

Step 4

Plant pea seeds to a depth of 1 1/2 inches and space two to three inches apart. Although it is certainly acceptable to plant peas in a straight row, many prefer to broadcast pea seed over a six inch wide row. If space allows, try planting a wide row on either side of the fence to double the crop.

Step 5

Keep soil evenly moist until the peas emerge in about seven to 10 days.

Step 6

Harvest fresh peas as soon as the pods have filled out.

Tips and Warnings

Keep peas picked and do not allow any pods to mature. This sends a message to the plant to stop production. Keep in mind that when mature, the peas will cast a shadow on nearby plants.

Things You'll Need

Fence (5 foot), Pea seed, Bucket, Water

About this Author

Nannette Richford is an avid gardener, teacher and nature enthusiast with 4 years experience in online writing and a lifetime of personal journals. She is published on various sites, including Associated Content. Richford holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Maine Orono and certifications in 7-12 English, K-8 General Elementary and Birth to age 5.

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