'Hurst Green Shaft' Pea Seeds | By Plant Theory

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'Hurst Green Shaft' Pea Seeds | By Plant Theory
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'Hurst Green Shaft' Pea Seeds | By Plant Theory

Pea "Hurst Green Shaft" seeds have remained a reliable, traditional favourite for many years. These plants produce heavy yields of 10-12cm (4-4.5in) pods each containing up to 11 peas. The peas have a superb sweet flavour, and can be served alone as a side dish or added to stews, pastas, and risottos. They are also excellent for freezing. This variety is a great choice for exhibiting, and shows good resistance to downy mildew and fusarium wilt.


Variety Information

No. Seeds Per Pack 200
Sow IndoorsMarch - June
Sow Outdoors March - June
Location Full Sun
Harvest Time May - September
Hardiness Hardy Annual


Traditional Favourite
Superb Sweet Flavour
Great For Freezing
Good Mildew Resistance
Optional Extras
  • 5 Pack Seedling Planter Tray 24 Cells
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  • 1L Grow Your Own Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser by Empathy™
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  • 200 Litres - The Chamberlain Wooden Raised Grow Bed by Lacewing™ - 100cm² (H20cm)
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  • Easy Fleece Tunnel
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  • Giant Easy Fleece Tunnel
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  • Slug Barrier Circles
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Peas are easy to grow. Below we address some common queries:

  • Hardiness: this species is hardy and well-suited to the UK's climate.
  • Planting In Pots: suitable for growing in pots 20-30cm (8-12in) deep or larger.
  • Position: place in full sun for best results.
  • Soil Types: sow in well-cultivated, fertile soil.

Germination Requirements: will germinate in temperatures of 4-24°C, ensure seeds are not eaten by mice.

Planting Distance (Seed Tray): sow seeds 2.5cm (1in) deep and 5cm (2in) apart.

Planting Distance (Ground): sow seeds 2.5cm (1in) deep spaced 5cm (2in) apart, in rows 30-60cm (12-24in) apart.

Soil Preparation: remove weeds and large stones, dig in compost or manure during autumn, and add wood ashes or bonemeal to the soil before planting.

Thinning: this species does not require thinning.

Pest Control: protect from birds, mice, and pea moths using netting, fleece, or cloches.

Watering Requirements: water sparsely unless plants are wilting, but make sure they do not dry out.

For a more detailed guide please read our blog below.

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Seeds Jargon

  • F1 Hybrids: hybrid seeds are produced from two specially selected varieties that are kept in isolation. As they are produced from only two plants, seeds are almost identical genetically.
  • Open Pollinated: open pollinated plants aren't isolated from other varieties, so are more genetically diverse.
  • Heirloom: heirloom seeds are historic, some going back to Victorian times, others more recent. Heirloom varieties can be good or bad, depending on how careful the breeder is to maintain genetic similarity.
Hybrids vs Open Pollinated

As hybrids are produced from two specially selected varieties, the quality is more consistent, with a higher germination rate and improved cropping. But, as they require time, resources and know-how to create, they come to the market at a higher cost. They are also genetically unstable, and so if you keep the seeds from the resultant crop, performance is usually poor. Open Pollinated seeds are highly diverse and have often been grown for successfully for decades. Seeds from the resultant crop are usually perform well.

Annual, Biennial and Perennial

Annual plants complete their life cycle within a year, biennials in two years (usually only flowering in the second year) and perennials can live on indefinitely.

Hardy, Half-Hardy and Tender

Hardy and half-hardy plants can survive a light frost, but the latter are best moved indoors during periods of bad weather. Tender plants must be kept indoors, until after the last frost.

We believe that anyone, regardless of ability can successfully grow their own plants at home, and do so in an eco-friendly and sustainable way.

Everyone should have the chance to experience the benefits that plants bring to our lives, and we have put a lot of effort into making sure that all of our products are easy to grow, even for beginners.

Sustainability is at the heart of our ethos and we have done everything we can to ensure that all of our products are as sustainable as possible, be it our plastic free, fully recyclable packaging, GM free seeds or ethically sourced compost.

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