A petite, super-sweet, early pea, Waverex peas are a popular UK heirloom and a heavy cropper. Great for summer salads and risottos, and perfect for freezing.
|Germination||7 - 10 Days|
|Sowing Method||Start in Pots / Trays|
|Days to Maturity||90 Days|
|Recommended Soil pH||5.5-7.0|
A prolific Petit Poi, Waverex is a compact shell pea that yields copious masses of pods full of tiny, sweet peas on a bush habit. The plants themselves grow only to about 60 cm (24”) and are great for container gardens or any allotment short on space.
Starting Indoors: Although you can start peas indoors, they prefer to be direct seeded.
Direct Seed: For spring-planted peas, sow as soon as the soil can be worked. For an autumn crop, sow 2 weeks before the first frost.
Seeds grown close together help to keep the soil cool and shade out weeds, so don’t worry about planting them too close. Plant at a depth of about 2cm (1”) and cover with 1” of soil in the spring, 2” in the summer for your fall crop. Don't thin the pea plants after they germinate.
It doesn’t hurt to over-plant, as this will help ensure your crop against pests, weather, rot, and/or wildlife losses. Keep the soil evenly moist during germination. Peas are not particular about soil, but they do enjoy plenty of added organic matter and a pH between 5.5-6.8. Avoid the use of high nitrogen fertilisers.
Peas are generally fine with regular rainfall, but make sure to keep them watered during dry spells, as they don’t produce well once their roots dry out. Waverex peas don’t necessarily require support, but the yield is often better with a little support (such as a small cane tipi).
Pea roots are shallow, so keep the base of the plants mulched to keep the roots protected, moist, and cool. Mulch will also help keep the weeds down. (When weeding, avoid digging deeply with a hoe or other instrument, as you may damage the rooting system.)
As these are round peas, pick once they have filled out their pods, but are still young and tender. Regular picking will keep the plant producing, so pick even if they’re past their prime and you’re not going to eat them. If there are more pea pods than you can eat fresh, freeze them for later meals.
For continuous crops plant successionally every 2 weeks. Plants generally produce 3 months after sowing.