Pisum sativum ‘Serge’ is usually referred to simply as Pea ‘Serge’, but that’s the full botanical name – just in case you wanted to know. This particular pea is noted for its semi leafless habit and the plant’s vigorous production of tendrils. ‘Serge’ is often grown for the production of pea shoots to use in salads, as a garnish, or to add to stir fries. These pea seeds can also be sprouted. (Please only purchase seeds that are listed as being suitable for sprouting, as garden seeds are sometimes treated with pesticides that you would not wish to consume.) ‘Serge’ plants can be allowed to grow to their full size, when they will flower and produce green pea pods, that can be eaten young, as mangetout peas, or allowed to grow to full size, to produce peas. So this really is a super pea to grow, as it gives you so many options.
This is a great plant to grow in a container or a window box. If you’re growing ‘Serge’ peas in a container, for pea shoot production, your plants will continue to produce new tendrils through the summer. Trim the tendrils, stems and leaves from your plants and then check whether they need a water. I think it’s always kind to check your plants, as or after you take your harvest and then give them a water if necessary.
If you’re growing this pea for pea shoots and you live in an area with a mild climate, you can pretty much sow ‘Serge’ seeds all year round – you just need a warm, sheltered spot in your garden. Make sure to cover your plants or move them, if the weather gets cold. They’ll be very happy indeed, to grow in an unheated glasshouse, over winter.
If you’re growing ‘Serge’ for pea production, sow ‘Serge’ seeds from March to June, in any moist, water retentive, but well-drained soil. Add a series of twiggy pea sticks or a row of pea netting, to support your plants, as they grow.
Remember to water your ‘Serge’ peas during dry weather. Dalefoot Composts Wool Compost for Vegetables and Salads is a great compost to use, if you’re growing peas in containers. This is a water retentive compost, that holds water longer than the other composts I’ve trialled; it’s also rich in nutrients. If you’re interested, you can see all of my Compost Trials – here.
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