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Below are general guidelines for growing peas and mangetout, including plant height to enable you to plan exactly where to place them when growing amongst other plants.


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Plant Height

Up to  90cm/3ft+ depending on variety 

Time between sowing and harvesting

Peas - 12-16 weeks

Mangetout - 16-20 weeks

Sowing time

Peas -  Late March - May  temperature +10C/50F

Mangetout -   April - May  +12C/54F

Where to Sow

Outdoors in large containers or open ground

How to Sow

5cm/2" deep

In containers  - 7.5cm/3" between seeds in groups/blocks 

In open ground - 7.5cm/3" between seeds - staggered in rows at least 45cm/18" apart depending on how tall the variety grows or in groups/ blocks

After Germination

Protect from birds and slugs. Keep well watered and weed free.

Growing on -  in Containers

Start to support with twigs when the plants get to 7.5cm/3" high. Continue to keep watered. 

Growing on- in ground

As above.


Medium and tall varieties will require extra support as they grow. Keep well watered and feed with liquid fertiliser once the flowers have faded and the pods begin to form. 


Peas - Begin cutting pods when the peas are well formed but with small spaces between each pea. Start at the bottom of the stem. Pick regularly to prevent pods fully  maturing on the plant. Crops over a period of 4-6 weeks.

Mangetout - Begin cutting pods at about 7.5cm/3" when the peas are just beginning to develop. Pick regularly to prevent pods fully  maturing on the plant. Crops over a period of 4-6 weeks.

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