One of the most important thing about growing is peas is knowing how tall you can expect your peas to grow. There can be a great difference between varieties. Some only grow only a couple feet, where there are varieties there that can reach up to 10 feet. To give the peas the proper support you need to know how tall they are going to get. You don’t want to give peas that grow 6 feet tall, a 2 foot tall trellis, it will just topple over. Some varieties are short enough that they can go without support.
Tips for Selecting Peas by Height
1. If you are looking to grow peas without support, choose varieties that are no taller than 3 feet.
2. If you are looking to grow peas in a container I suggest growing the Tom Thumb variety that only reaches 8 inches.
3. If you are looking to get the most bang for your buck, and can built a tall trellis look for varieties that grow between 6 and 10 feet.
4. If you already have a trellis look for a variety that will match up with the size of your trellis. If you have something why not use it to it’s fullest.
Here is a list of how tall certain pea varieties get:
The varieties I am growing this year
|Desiree Dwarf Blauwaschokkers||2-3 feet|
|Improved Maestro||3 feet|
|Sugar Ann Snap Pea||2 feet|
|Cascadia Snap Pea||2 1/2 feet|
|Oregon Sugar Pod II||2 to 2 1/2 feet|
I am only growing varieties this year that don’t require support. Although I am still giving them some support by growing oats right next to them. The shorter varieties still shoot out tendrils that can grab a hold of whatever is close by.
|Amish Snap||5-6 feet|
|Blue Bantam||3 1/2 feet|
|British Wonder||3 feet|
|Carouby de Maussane||5 feet|
|Champion of England||10 feet|
|Dwarf Grey Sugar||3 feet|
|Golden Sweet Snow||6 feet|
|Green Arrow||2 to 2 1/2 feet|
|Mammoth Melting Sugar||4 feet|
|Masterpiece||2 1/4 to 3 feet|
|Oregon Giant||2 1/2 feet|
|Peas in a Pot||10 inches|
|Shiraz||2 1/2 feet|
|Snowbird||1 1/2 feet|
|Sugar Heart||4 feet|
|Sugar Snap||4-6 feet|
|Super Sugar Snap||5-6 feet|
|Sutton's Harbinger||2 1/4 to 2 1/2 feet|
|Tall Telephone||6 feet|
|Thomas Laxton||3 feet|
|Tom Thumb||8 inches|