This well known heritage maincrop produces heavy crops of large, curved, dark green pea pods of the highest quality. Each pod of Pea ‘Alderman’ contains up to 11 succulent peas with a superb flavour. This well known and reliable variety has a tall growth habit that will require supports but is well worth the effort for the huge yields that it produces. Height: 180cm (71″). Spread: 25cm (10″).
Direct sow peas outdoors from March to June, once the soil as warmed. In mild areas, some hardy, early maturing cultivars may be sown in late autumn for overwintering. Choose a weed-free position on moist, fertile, well drained soil in full sun. Sow pea seed in flat bottomed drills at a distance of 5cm (2″) apart, and 4cm (1 1/2″) deep. Allow a distance of 75cm (30″) between rows. For successional crops, sow peas every 10 days.
Support pea plants with twiggy sticks, wire or netting as they grow, and use fine netting to protect pea crops from birds and pea moth damage. When growing peas, regular and thorough watering especially when in flower will improve crop yields. Harvest peas around 14 weeks after sowing when the pods have swollen. Regular picking will encourage further cropping.