Tom Thumb Pea

Pisum sativum | SKU: 1177
2 Reviews
$3.75 to $18.11
  • Plants grow to 8 inches
  • Good for container gardening
  • Able to withstand hard frosts
  • Shelling pea
  • 50-55 days
  • ±2,000 seeds/lb

$3.75 to $18.11

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Item Details

At 8" tall, this aptly named dwarf pea is ideal for container gardening and is very frost-tolerant. Originating in England and introduced in the United States in the mid-19th century, there were several strains of this variety; over time, further reductions in height and time to maturity were achieved, leading to the pea we know as Tom Thumb today. Shell, 50-55 days.±2,000 seeds/lb.

Learn to Grow Tom Thumb Pea

Direct Seed: 2" Apart

Seed Depth: 1/2-1"

Germination: 7-14 Days

Light: Full Sun

Instructions - Peas thrive in cool weather. Sow seeds outdoors as soon as soil can be worked in spring. In addition to containers, Tom Thumb is good for cold-frame production and for planting in flower borders.

Ratings & Reviews

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Adorable and tasty


I planted these in zone 6b (St. Louis, MO) in late winter/very early spring of this year and was delighted by how cute and carefree these little plants are. Each plant produced about 4-5 pods. The peas are delicious, the pods are edible but stringy. I will definitely grow again next year.

Low production


I will not grow these again. They are very low producing compared to the Amish Snap - Maybe 15 pods between the two (zone 6). It was only enough for about 1 serving. Amish Snap Peas taste better and are heavy producers. I wanted shell peas and these just don't measure up.

Seed Savers Response: Hi Nicci, I’m sorry to hear this variety didn’t do well in your garden. Please reach out to our customer service team for variety and planting suggestions and tips.