This pea carries Thomas Laxton's name, but was breed by his sons William and Edward Laxton Brother's and named in honor of Thomas' contribution to horticulture and plant breeding. Thomas Laxton died in 1893 and the pea first appeared in 1898.
Any pea that was introduced over 100 years ago and is still widely grown should tell you volumes. Reliable, consistent, and sweet are just some of the words used to describe this pea.
Tasty bright green peas, excellent quality, and high in sugar content. Pods grow to about 3-4 1/2 inches, containing six to eight peas each.
Vigorous 3 foot vines are perfect for fences or arbors. A performer in cool coastal conditions and it is wilt resistant.
This was the hands down favorite for sweetness at employee trials here on the farm.
TIP Instead of building a trellis this year for your peas which cost money and uses valuable resources, try planting Cayuse oats instead as a trellis. This will not only produce oats and build biomass in your garden, but it will give your peas something to climb on. Cayuse grows 6' tall and will make an excellent living trellis. Almost like the Indians using corn as a trellis for beans!
1822-1920 Bricks High Grade Seeds says about Thomas Laxton Pea... "This reliable pea is similar in type to Gradus, but has darker foliage and square-ended pods. Although a wrinkled sort of excellent quality, it may be planted about as early as smooth varieties."
1918 The Great Northern Seed Co. says about Thomas Laxton Pea... "A comparatively new variety of large-podded pea. The quality is delicious and cannot be surpassed; matures nearly as early as any of the extra early smooth peas, and being a wrinkled sort is much sweeter."
1929 Steele Briggs Seed house says about Thomas Laxton Pea... "Vine 3 to 3 1/2 feet high, dark in color, hardy and very productive. Pods large, long, with square ends. The green Peas are very large, fine colored and unsurpassed in quality."
1934 Mill's Annual Seed Book says about Thomas Laxton Pea... "Fine wrinkled early Pea 4 inches long with 6 to 8 large peas and only a few days later than the extra early smooth Peas. The vines grow 2-1/2 feet high. Ready for use in 55 to 60 days."
Recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region. TX
I purchased the Fall Seed Collection for some container gardening this autumn and have been very pleased with the results. Germination rate was fantastic and I had to do much more thinning than I usually do from store-bought seeds. The little growing guide helped with varieties I haven't grown before (hello, kohlrabi). All of my plants are hardy and healthy and I'm already enjoying the early harvests. Looking forward to maturity on the longer growers. Will be buying the Granny's kitchen garden pack for spring. Thanks so much!
I planted several varieties over the past couple years. These have been the most reliable producers so far. Averaged 10-15 lbs. one larger one about 20. Nothing remotely close to 40 lbs. that’s ok. Huge ones are a pain to break down.
I planted a whole bunch of this to attract bees and butterflies. It grows like crazy. However I protected the seed with hay because my first round died because of the hot Florida sun and lack of rain lately.
We started these indoors in January. We transplanted them twice and finally out to our raised bed (full coastal sun). The plant is massive and the tomatoes are TASTY! The best little tomatoes we have ever had. We will likely plant them in a separate bed next year since they grow to such a large size and can crowd out other plants.