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Giving it a Go

July 26th, 2018

A long time ago, someone told me that if you cut peas back after they have produced, they will regrow and produce more peas. There must be something about the timing of this, because I always cut my peas back to leave the roots in the ground for nitrogen for the following crop (usually cucumbers since they’re heavy feeders and need the support). They don’t usually grow up again.

This year, I waited a bit longer than usual, and I noticed that the peas were starting to regrow from the base. I figured this must be the ticket, a little bit of fresh growth to feed the roots so they will resurrect.

I’ll keep you posted on how they do, I may get another flush of fall peas from these vines, they may not do anything. If they do produce again, I’ll be interested to see the yield. It certainly would be convenient to get a second crop of peas from one packet of seeds.

Have you ever done this or heard of this? Was it successful?

3 Comments to “Giving it a Go”
  1. Hazel on July 27, 2018 at 1:41 am

    I’ve never heard of that. I wonder if it depends on climate? One of my batches of peas has definitely gone over and I was going to cut them down but I’ll watch and see what happens instead now. Interesting!

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  2. Jean Ellen on July 27, 2018 at 9:40 am

    I have never heard of this either. My peas always dry up. Do you need to cut them before they dry? Maybe your cooler weather has something to do with it. I can’t believe my mid-Atlantic climate would support another growth. Interesting though.

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    • Susy on August 2, 2018 at 10:17 am

      I think it depends on the variety. Mine didn’t dry up much, they started to regrow from the base of the plants before I cut them.

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