In general, peas are relatively easy to grow. There is nothing hard or difficult about growing them. It doesn’t really matter if this is the normal green peas or the purple hull peas.
However, if this is the first time that you are ever, growing purple hull peas, you might not know how to plant and taking care of the peas. This can make it a bit more difficult.
With this guide, it will be a lot easier to plant and grow your purple peas. This is everything you need to know.
What Are Purple Hull Peas?
The first thing that you might be wondering, is what are purple hull peas. Is this just a name, or are the peas really purple? The pod of the peas is really purple, with the peas inside still the normal green color. The shape of the peas inside the pod is a bit different from the other peas.
You will also realize that the taste of the peas is a bit different. Sweeter and a lot more enjoyable. This is why most people prefer planting the purple hull peas over the normal green peas.
Different Types of Purple Peas
Before you are just going out and purchase the first and best purple peas, you need to make sure that you are buying the right one. There are different types of purple peas that you can buy.
The different types of purple peas that you can plant require different planting techniques, so you need to make sure about the type you want to plant.
These are the three types of purple peas:
- Vining. In order for these plants to grow successfully, they need support to be growing successful, without getting any damage.
- Semi-vining. These plants also need some sort of support. Not as much as the vining peas, but still need some support to prevent damage.
- Bush. The bush purple peas don’t need support. They are the easiest to grow and don’t need support. But it can be a bit harder to find the ripe peas inside the bush.
It’s recommended that you are researching each type of pea before you decide which one you want to plant.
Planting and Growing Purple Hull Peas
There is some essential information that you need to remember when you are planting and growing purple hull peas. One thing that you need to remember is that purple hull peas are late summer vegetables. You can plant it a bit later than the other vegetables.
The soil that you are planting the peas in needs to be the right type of soil. It is hard to tell exactly what type of soil is needed, it depends on the type of purple hull peas that you are planting.
Adding nutrients and feeding to the soil is essential before planting and growing as well.
The plants are growing large, so you need to make sure that you plant each seed about 2-3 inches apart. This is ensuring that the plants have enough space for growth and for getting enough water.
Harvesting the Peas Correctly is Essential
If you harvest the peas too soon, then you will have pods that would be empty or that have really small peas. Known as baby peas. If you harvest too late, the peas will be hard and not great to eat. This is why it is important to make sure that you know exactly when to harvest the peas correctly.
You will know that the peas are ready to be a harvest if the pods are purple. And, if the pods are filled up and feeling full. You will need to shell the peas immediately after you have picked them because it is getting hard when laying inside the pods. Peas can be frozen or refrigerated after you have shelled it.
Tips to Ensure Success With Growing These Peas
One thing that you need to remember about the purple hull peas is that they don’t want wet soil. You only need to water the peas when the soil becomes dry. The soil needs to be damp at all times.
Supporting the pea plants are essential. Otherwise, the plants might become too heavy and it will bend and break off. Causing damage or the plant not bearing any fruit. You should support it the moment that the plants start growing, and adjust the support as it growing larger.
This is the complete guide about planting and growing purple hull peas correctly. There are many things that you need to remember to have success with your peas.
And, to have tasty and juice peas at your dinner table. Never leave the pods on the plants for too long, it hardens, and doesn’t give the peas too much water.
With all this information, you will be able to grow these peas successfully.