My original goal was to present weekly updates on how my peas were growing. Unfortunately my camera came up with an issue and it took awhile to resolve. Have a camera again, so I am back up and taking photos. It’s been 6 weeks since my peas went into the ground. On the morning of Sunday, May 25th I notice the first flowers beginning to appear on my Sugar Ann Snap Peas. Later that same afternoon, I saw flowers beginning to appear on my Improved Maestro Shelling Peas. As of this writing, the only variety that isn’t blooming alot is Desiree Dwarf Blauwaschokkers (a purple snow/soup pea).
Peas are Self Pollinating
One of the nice features of growing peas is that they are self pollinating. The flowers contains both male and female parts. So if the bees aren’t around no problems! If you want to save seeds, you will get the same variety the next season. Pea plants don’t pollinate each other. You don’t have the problems you have with squashes and melons that if they cross pollinate, the next generation will be different. I can plant as much varieties as close together as I want and still end up with a pure seed.
How Long from Flower to Seed
This is probably the next question on your mind. This really depends on the variety and the weather. With snap and snow peas that you eat the whole thing, you could begin harvesting within 7 to 10 days. You will probably see the highest production about a week or so after that. With shelling peas that you must remove from the pod it is going to take longer as you are waiting for the peas inside to mature – about 18 to 21 days.
I have noticed that once the flowering begins you see more rapid growth in the height of the plant. Check the picture about. The flowering plant is clearer taller than some of it’s surrounding plants.