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Pea 'Telephone'

Pisum sativum

  • 45 plantings
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  • 6 wanted
  • 36 stashed

'Telephone' is a Pea variety in the Pisum genus with a scientific name of Pisum sativum. 'Telephone' is considered a heirloom cultivar.

Given good support, this variety can grow up to six feet long. Pods produce eight to ten peas each.

It is an Vegetable and is treated mainly as a Annual, This means that it grows best over the course of a single year. Telephone is known for its Climbing habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.55 metres (5.04 feet).

Telephone Pea is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Telephone have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Telephone

  • Partial Sun

  • Very High

This variety can reach six feet (182cm) long if given a large trellis. Give it space for better yields.

Position in a partial sun location and remember to water very often. Keep in mind when planting that Telephone is thought of as tender, so remember to ensure that temperatures are mild before moving outdoors. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 3 - 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ideally plant in loamy soil and try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 5.5 and 6.5 as Telephone likes to be in weakly acidic soil.

Growing Telephone from seed

Some say to soak seeds in water overnight before sowing – also if direct sowing dip seeds in vegetable oil to stop mice from eating the seeds

Aim to sow 0.99 inches (2.54 cm) deep and try to ensure a gap of at least 0.99 inches (2.54 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 4°C / 39°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Telephone about 35 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Telephone

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Telephone is a tender plant.

Harvesting Telephone

Pods hold eight to ten peas each.

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by early summer.

Pea Telephone Etymology

An Heirloom Pea.. First described in Vilmorin’s famous book of 1885 on vegetable gardening

Other Names for Pea 'Telephone'

Telephone Pole, Tall Telephone, Climbing Telephone, Telephone Climbing, Alderman, Giant Alderman, Victorian Climbing, Victorian Colossal Climbing

Latest Pea 'Telephone' Reviews

  • Tied to trellis to encourage climbing. These peas are supposed to take 75 days to harvest…
    {ROFL…. they’re only 25 cm high, and grow to 2 metres!!!}

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    Beverley about growing Pea - Telephone

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