Perfection Dark Pea Seeds(Pisum sativum)Packet of 100 Seeds
Single Packet of 100 Seeds
This seed packet measures 4″ wide by 4.675" tall and includes a clear & colorful illustration on the front. It also includes detailed seed sowing instructions on the reverse side as well. All seeds sold by Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and are intended for the current and the following growing season. All seeds are produced from open pollinated plants, stored in a temperature controlled facility and are constantly moved out due to popularity.
For many, sweet, green pea pods evoke memories of sitting on the porch in a rocking chair, shelling peas and sharing the day's events on warm summer nights. Continue those lazy, happy times by adding Perfection Dark-Seeded Peas (Pisum sativum) to your garden.
Perfection Dark-Seeded Peas Plant Characteristics
Also known as Early Perfection, this variety yields a high volume of sweet, tender peas that hold up well to both canning and freezing. They will produce both spring and fall crops, extending your enjoyment of fresh peas, and providing enough to preserve for the whole year.
Best grown on a trellis system, Early Perfection peas are container friendly, drought-hardy, and disease-resistant, including resistance to fusarium wilt. The prolific vines grow to about 30 inches long and produce 3-inch pods that contain seven to 10 peas each.
The peas may be vulnerable to mildew and mosaic, but you can reduce the risks by not planting them where other legumes have grown and by dusting them with a powdered inoculant before planting. Leafhoppers sometimes visit Early Perfection peas, but natural predators will generally keep them under control, and, if that doesn't work, a gentle water spray to remove the nymphs solves the problem.
Uses of Perfection Dark-Seeded Peas
Peas are rich in Vitamins C and B6, along with folate, iron, and phytochemicals, so they are a healthy addition to your menu, as well as a delicious one. Boil them lightly for 3 to 5 minutes or toss them, cooked or raw, into a mixed salad.
You can also make a quick pea salad. Use the tender young peas raw or blanch them in boiling water, followed by an ice bath. Mix them with chopped red onion, cubed or grated Cheddar cheese, and just enough mayonnaise or salad dressing to bind everything together.
Or opt for a delicious minted pea soup. Start by sautéing 1 cup onions and 2 cups leeks in butter, just until the onions are tender -- about 7 minutes. Add 4 cups chicken stock; bring everything to a boil. Add 5 cups of fresh shelled peas and cook the mixture for 5 minutes. Remove it from the heat and add 2/3 cup mint leaves and salt and pepper to taste. Puree the mixture in batches, then add 1/2 cup crème fraiche or sour cream and 1/2 cup fresh chopped chives. Garnish with a dollop of crème fraiche and a sprinkle of chives.
Sowing The Seed
Peas love the cooler temperatures of Spring & Fall, so they should be sown indoors 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost, or sown directly outdoors when all danger of frost has passed. If sowing indoors, sow in peat pots at a depth of 1” deep. Transplant entire peat pots outdoors when the weather is mildly warm.
As explained above, Peas thrive in the cooler temperatures of Spring and Fall. They prefer an area of full sunlight and aren’t too picky on soil conditions. Just make sure that the sowing area is well drained and doesn’t contain clay. To improve drainage, we recommend adding a light compost to areas that contain hard, compact soil. Water daily until germination occurs.
Germination & Growth
Peas will typically take about 7 to 14 days to germinate, if optimal conditions are met. The plants themselves will reach a mature height of roughly 30 inches tall and can spread about 18 to 24 inches wide. You can space each plant 18 to 24 inches apart, in rows that are spaced about 3 to 4 feet apart. Perfection Dark Seed is best grown with supports. Harvest in roughly 65 to 70 days.
We promise to never knowingly carry or sell GMO based seed products. All seeds sold through Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and the vast majority seeds are produced from open pollinated plants. (A very low number of our seed products are F1 hybrids) Our seed stock is stored in a temperature controlled facility and our products are constantly moved out due to popularity. Each and every packet is intended for the current and the following growing season and will not be marked with an expiration date.
If you are to store your seeds for successful growth in the following year, we recommend placing the packets in an airtight ziplock bag. Place your seeds in a cool, dark and dry area of the home, such as a basement where they are kept at room temperature or below.
It is our goal to make you a happy customer! If you experience any problems with your seeds such as germination issues, we will replace or refund any seed product within 180 days of your purchase date. Please contact us directly for a resolution to any problems that you are having with our products.
Question: When should I sow these seeds?
Answer: This is something you must research for your specific region. We offer a ton of helpful articles in our Blog that explain in depth how to successfully grow the seeds within our shop. All of our product pages have useful information on sowing as well.
Question: What is the size of this packet?
Answer: Our traditional packages are 3.25" wide, by 4.50" tall. Some of our larger packages of Corn, Beans and Peas will be 4" wide by 4.675" tall, and our Wildflower packages containing bulk seeds are usually 4.50" wide by 6.45" inches tall.
Question: Are your seeds heirloom?
Answer: In short yes, a vast majority of the plant varieties we carry are heirloom. Heirlooms are varieties that have been passed down for generations.
Question: Are your seeds GMO?
Answer: No, we promise to never knowingly carry or supply any GMO based seed products and steer clear of seed producers from major GMO companies, such as Monsanto.
Question: Are your seeds Organic?
Answer: No, at this time we do not sell organic seeds.
Question: How long will shipping take?
Answer: This can sometimes depend on the size of your order, however 95% of our orders will ship within 24 to 48 hours. All orders ship First Class by default and can take 2 - 5 business days to arrive. Orders placed on a Friday may not ship until the following Monday.
Question: What if my seeds don't grow?
Answer: If you experience any problems with our seed products, contact us within 180 days of your purchase date for a resolution.
Question: Do the packages have sowing instructions on them?
Answer: Yes, all of our seed packets have detailed sowing information on the reverse side as well as a QR code that leads to the original product page here on our website.
Question: Why is there no expiration date on your seed packages?
Answer: Our seeds are contained within a temperature controlled facility in airtight containers. When we ship our seed products to customers, we fill a small portion of packets that sell on a weekly basis. We do not print an expiration date on the packets since the large majority of seeds technically do not expire for long periods of time, IF they are stored in the proper conditions. If you plan to store or save your seeds for the following year, we suggest placing them in a ziplock bag, later storing them in a dark, cool and dry area of the home.
Question: Can I receive a catalog in the mail?
Answer: At this time, we are focused on remaining solely online. We do not send paper catalogs in an effort to save more trees, as well as keep our prices low.
Question: I did not receive an invoice for my order.
Answer: We do not send paper invoices with our orders since the invoice can be viewed online with your Seed Needs account. You will also receive an invoice / order confirmation through email.
Question: What is the difference between a hybrid variety and a GMO based seed product.
Answer: Hybrids are a NATURAL process of cross pollinating two species, thus producing a first generation hybrid (F1.) For example: Mixing a red, double blooming, single stem sunflower, with a yellow, multi branching sunflower might result in a orange-red, double blooming, multibranching plant.
GMO based seed products are a completely different and unatural process of gene splicing in a laboratory. The process entails the introduction of a separate biological kingdom, such as a bacteria, or a pesticide. This bacteria or pesticide is then eaten directly by the consumer when the crops reach maturity. (BAD NEWS)
Question: Can you ship these seeds overseas?
Answer: At this time we only ship within the United States and Canada.