'Mr. Big' is a superior English or garden pea, the largest on the market. There are several significant improvements including consistantly large pea pods. The larger pods are easier to find in the vines, easier to harvest, easier to shell and offer a higher yield. The fresh sweet peas are delicious, no need for butter. 'Mr. Big' produces a high yield because the plants are early, frequently setting two pods per node and the disease resistance lengthens the plant's life.
'Mr. Big' is an indeterminate vine reaching 2-3 feet in the garden. Plants could use vertical support, but grow well without support as a bush. 'Mr. Big', like all garden and English peas, will perform best under cool day and night temperatures. Harvest mature pea pods in about 58 to 62 days. 'Mr. Big' plants may produce more peas than your family wishes to eat. If so, just blanch and freeze the peas. Seed will be available Spring 2000.
Genus, species: Pisum sativam
Common name: English, garden, or shelling pea
Pod size: Big- 4 to 4½ inches long by ½ inch diameter
In pod: 8-10 peas per pod
Garden spacing: Sow seeds 1-1½" apart in a 3-inch band, cover with 1" of soil. Do not thin.
Unique Qualities: large pod, sweet flavor, disease resistance
Disease resistances: Race 1 Wilt caused by Fusarium oxysporum fsp pisi, 'er' resistance to powdery mildew.
Lenth of time from sowing seed to harvest: 58-60 days from seed emergence
Closest comparisons on market: 'Maestro,' 'Oregon Trail,' 'Utrillo'
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Date last revised: 01/05/2010