Maestro Pea Plants – How To Grow Maestro Shelling Peas

By: Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Shell peas, commonly known as English peas or garden peas, are a great addition to the garden for both seasoned professional growers as well as novices. Freshly picked and removed from the pod, the sweetness and crunch of fresh shell peas is sure to impress even the most finicky of eaters. However, with so many options, choosing which variety of shell pea to plant in the garden may prove difficult. Luckily, varieties such as ‘Maestro’ shelling peas offer its growers an abundant harvest, as well as improved resistance to plant diseases.

What are Maestro Peas?

Maestro pea plants are a robust, medium sized heirloom variety of garden pea. Used in the kitchen as a shelling pea, this variety produces large pods which average around ten peas in each. High yielding pods make Maestro shelling peas an especially popular choice for growers in urban areas or with smaller garden spaces.

Like many other varieties of pea plant, Maestro plants are relatively small and compact, usually growing only to 30 inches (76 cm.) at maturity.

Growing Maestro Peas

Growing Maestro peas is very similar to growing other varieties of peas. First and foremost, growers will need to determine the proper planting time depending upon where they live. While northern growers may need to wait until spring, those living in warmer USDA zones may be able to sow Maestro seeds as a winter crop.

Since shell peas grow best when temperatures are cool, it is often one of the first crops to be planted in the spring. Germinating is best when the soil temperature is around 50 degrees F. (10 C.), peas are most commonly direct sown into the garden in the spring as soon as the soil can be worked.

While pea seeds can be started indoors, it is best to direct sow. Choose a well-draining location in direct sunlight. This is especially important, as the combination of cool soil and moisture can promote seed rot. Sow seeds according to the package instructions, or about 1 inch (2.5 cm.) deep. Seeds should begin to germinate within seven to ten days.

Once established, Maestro pea plants require minimal care. Though technically a vining plant, Maestro shelling peas do not require staking or additional support. Growers need not worry about the occasional frost or threat of snow, as many varieties of shell pea demonstrate exceptional tolerance to cold. When planted early, gardeners can expect large harvests of pea pods beginning in early summer.

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Tip #2: Starting Seeds Indoors

When learning how to grow peas from seed it is typically not recommended to start your seeds indoors due to the quantity you need.

With that being said some of the benefits of starting seeds indoors are minimizing the effect of weather, pests, and disease on your peas plants.

Step 1 – Begin Planting Seed 8 weeks Before the Last Frost

You will want to start your seeds inside approximately 4 weeks before you plan on moving your peas into your garden or moving your planter outside.

  • You will first want to start by buying your seed. I recommend buying from Amazon because it is quick and inexpensive.
  • You will then want to take 3-inch GrowKo Peat Pots and fill them up to approximately 80% full with Miracle-Gro Potting Mix.
  • Next, spray your soil 5 to 8 times with a spray bottle. You will want the soil to be moist, not damp. Damp soil can cause unwanted fungus.

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Step 2 – Plant 2 to 3 Seeds Per Pot

  • Sprinkle 2 seeds per pot about 1 inch deep and then gently brush the soil over the seeds. *Note, do not to bury the seeds.
  • Then spray the soil again 5 to 8 times until it turns a dark color.

The video below also gives a great tutorial on how to plant seeds.

Step 3 – Provide Your Seeds with At Least 8 Hours of Sunlight

  • After planting your seeds, provide at least 8 hours of sunlight by placing the pots by a window or a Grow Light if your windows do not receive enough sunlight.

*If you put your seeds closer than 4 inches they will burn and die. If you put them further away than 4 inches there is a chance they won’t get enough sun to germinate.*

You will also want to keep the room temperature between 40 degrees Fahrenheit

  • This is the temperature needed so that your seeds can turn into plants.

Step 4 – Spray, Spray, Spray

After your initial planting, you will need to spray the soil once to twice a day for approximately 7 days.

It will take approximately 4-7 days for your seeds to germinate or “pop” through the soil.

Once your seeds have germinated and sprouted through the soil, you will want to continue to spray them twice until they are about 3 inches tall. This may take an additional 10 days.

Step 5 – Thin & Transplant your Peas Plant into a Larger Pot

Once your peas reach about 3 inches tall you can remove the smaller of the two plants.

You can do this by taking scissors and snipping the smaller of the two plants right at the soil line. This will allow healthier pea plants to grow to its full potential.

Next, you can transplant your pea plant to a 1 Gallon Nursery Pot.

Again, you will want to fill these pots about 80% full with your potting mix.

Next, you will want to make a hole approximately 3 inches deep (about the size of your pea plant at this point).

Then turn your existing small pot upside down, pinch the bottom of it, and then gently pull the soil and your plant out.

You will then place it in your 5-gallon pot and fill it with soil.

Immediately after you do this, spray the soil about 5 to 10 times.

You will then want to leave your peas in this pot until it is ready to transplant outside.

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