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Pea 'Alaska'

Pisum sativum

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'Alaska' is a Pea variety in the Pisum genus with a scientific name of Pisum sativum. 'Alaska' is considered a heirloom OP (open polliated) cultivar.

This variety was introduced in 1881 in England by pea breeder Thomas Laxton. A cross of ‘Ringleader’ and ‘Little Gem’, it became the parent of many subsequent varieties. It grows to 3 feet (1 meter) tall. Pods have 5-8 peas in them.

This variety is not noted for being sweet and is a garden pea — which means the pod is not edible.

An annual, so it will last but a year in its native climate. Alaska is known for its Vine habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.55 metres (5.04 feet). This variety tends to bloom in mid spring.

United Kingdom is believed to be where Alaska originates from.

Alaska 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 Alaska have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Alaska

  • Partial Sun

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Enjoys a partial sun position in your garden and remember to water very often. Keep in mind when planting that Alaska is thought of as half hardy, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures. 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 Alaska likes to be in weakly acidic soil.

Growing Alaska from seed

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 2.97 inches (7.62 cm) and sow at a depth of around 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 Alaska about 35 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Alaska

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

Harvesting Alaska

Ready to harvest in 50-60 days.

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by late spring.

Misspellings of Pea 'Alaska'

Alaskan Pea,

Other Names for Pea 'Alaska'

Early Alaska, Alaska Bush, Alaska Early Bush

Latest Pea 'Alaska' Reviews

  • I started these way too early and they were producing pods while there was still snow on the ground. They were taking up so much space indoors, and since I had a lot of time and seeds left, I consigned these to my composter.

    2 stars

    kevyn about growing Pea 'Alaska'

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