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Blue-podded Capucijner Pea Seeds (Pisum sativum cv.)

$3.95
Item #:
600575
Availability:
Sold out for the season.
Item #:
600575
Availability:
Sold out for the season.

Description

Harvested from the gardens at Monticello.
The Blue-podded Capucijner (cap-ou-SIGH-nah) is a hardy pea first grown by the Franciscan Capuchin monks in Holland and Germany during the early 1600's.  Its particularly beautiful, bi-colored flowers are lilac-pink and wine-red, fading to blue as they wilt; pods are deep maroon to inky purple, fading to blue and leathery brown when mature.  It is best used as a soup pea by picking when the pods are full; but it can also be grown as an edible-podded sugar pea by harvesting before peas have developed.

This English, or shelling, pea prefers cool, moist conditions.  Direct sow the seeds in fertile garden loam 4-8 weeks before the last spring frost.  Monticello gardeners support the twining vines with tall branches, or "pea sticks".  Approximately 15-20 seeds per packet.

 

 Exposure  Planting Method  Planting Depth  Plant Spacing  Days to Maturity  Size at Maturity 
Full Sun Direct Sow 1" 2-3"; rows 24" apart 70-100 5'

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