1 Ounce package 90-125 seeds
Tom Thumb was introduced to the U.S. in 1854 by the Landreth Seed Company.
It nearly went extinct but was rescued by Thelma Sanders of Missouri who had been growing it since 1920.
Tom Thumb is a shelling pea that is a true miniature pea that produces 12" tall vines and 5 to 6 peas per pod.
This makes it perfect for those with limited space. Grows well in pots.
No need for staking or poles.
This pea can take temperatures down to 20 degree F.
Was used extensively in cold frames over the winter in the South.
I sprouted 12 seedlings indoors while prepping a new garden bed. They all germinated quickly and grew well. I transplanted six and gave the rest away. The plants grew to a max 6 or 7 inches, flowered, and produced a few very sweet pods each. I've had one more round of flowers and pods, but overall they produced very little. I did plant them a bit late which may have contributed to the lower production. I think these peas would be perfect for container gardening - fitting multiple plants per container- or even adorable in a fairy garden. If you're looking for high yields, you might want to choose a different variety.