How to Grow Wando Peas – A Beginner’s Guide

wando peas plant growing in garden
Wando peas, which are known botanically as  Pisum Sativum, are a type of vegetable that can easily be grown at home. Continue reading to learn the basics of growing wando peas as well as common mistakes to avoid along the way.

Best Time to Plant Wando Peas

This will depend largely on your local climate, but as a rule of thumb, begin to plant the wando pea seeds 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, when soil temperature is at least 40°F, ideally 60°–80°F. This is the best time to ensure that the seedlings survive the weather.

To check when wando peas are most likely to thrive in your area, see the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. If you live outside the US, do a quick search for ‘plant hardiness zone + [city]’.

How to Plant Wando Peas the Right Way

There are a number of things to consider that will help you avoid some of the common mistakes of growing wando peas in your home garden.

Often overlooked, your soil can have a huge impact on how well your wando peas grow. Generally, your soil should be from sandy to heavy clay, are good for peas as long as you have well-drained soil. Soil PH levels should be around 5.5 to 7.5.

18″ apart in rows, keeping rows approximately 2.5′ apart. roughly 2″ apart in rows, keeping rows approximately 2.5′ apart. The seeds should be sowed at a depth of about 1.5″. For each plant, be sure to sow at least a few seeds to ensure that at least one of them will germinate.

Begin thinning your wando pea seedlings plant 1 seed every 2″. do not thin. plants perform best when supported by a trellis.

How Much Sunlight is Needed to Grow Wando Peas

The amount of sunlight is another key to a successful harvest. Too much sunlight will dry out your wando peas. Not enough sunlight will stunt your its growth or even kill it.

Ideally, your wando peas should be getting full sun, which means as much sunlight as you can possibly give it, or at least 6 hours or more.

How Much to Water Wando Peas

As you’ve figured by now, a lot can have an impact on how well your wando peas do, and the amount of water is no different.

Ideally, the soil should be damp to touch; not soggy or bone dry. If the leaves on your wando peas begin to change colors or start to look droopy, you need to adjust how much water you’re giving it.

Unfortunately, if you give it too much or too little water, you can kill it, so it’s best to just keep an eye on it and water as needed.

How Long Does it Take Wando Peas to Germinate and Grow?

Now the fun part begins and you get to watch your wando peas grow.

It takes approximately 8-12 days to germinate, and a total of 68 days from seed to harvest.

When to Harvest Wando Peas

The best time to harvest your wando peas is when the pods are plump, about 3 weeks after flowering. 

Wando peas can grow up to about 1.2 to 3.2 inches.

What Can Wando Peas Be Used For?

Food Use:  Shell these peas to use as a tasty side dish.

Flavor Profile: Great flavor and sweetness.

Can Wando Peas Grow in Pots and Containers?

Yes, you will ideally need a 14+ containerfor each plant. This can help control weeds and keep your plant from growing out of control.

It also gives you the flexibility to move your wando peas around if you need to adjust sunlight or bring it indoors to avoid harsh weather conditions.

Are Wando Peas Safe for Bees?

Yes, wando peas are safe for bees.

According to, bees pollinate human food crops that make up about 90% of the world’s nutrition.

Given their importance in our ecosystem and food supply, I feel it is important to note that growing wando peas is bee-friendly.

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