Lincoln pea is an old homestead shelling type of pea that was first introduced in 1908. It is a high yielding productive plant that grows to 76 cm (30”) high. Lincoln produces good amounts of medium sized pods 10-13 cm (4-5”) long with 7-9 peas per pod. The tightly-filled pods are easy to shell. The Lincoln Pea does better than many other pea types in warmer weather. The compact vines are a good choice for small gardens and the plants will benefit from some support from a pea fence. Plant produces heavy yields of flavorful peas. This premium quality pea is suited for eating fresh or canning and makes an excellent freezer variety.
Direct sow seeds in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked, or in late summer for a fall crop. Choose a location with full sun to partial shade and well-draining soil. Sow seeds 2.5cm (1”) deep and 5-10cm (2-4”) apart in rows spaced 45-60cm (18-24”) apart. Provide support for vining varieties. Keep soil moist and cool to promote germination. Seeds should sprout in 7-14 days. Peas prefer slightly acidic soil with a pH of 6.0-7.5. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer before planting and once more halfway through the growing season. Harvest peas when pods are plump and the peas inside are tender. Regular harvesting encourages more production.
Soil Conditions: Well-drained soil. Soil pH: 6.0-7.5. Planting Depth: Sow seeds 2.5cm (1”) deep. Germination: 7-14 days. Height at Maturity: 60-180cm (2-6’) tall. Days to Maturity: 55-70 days. Watering: Keep soil evenly moist. Peas require consistent watering throughout the season. Sun/Shade: Full sun to partial shade. Spacing after Thinning: Thin seedlings to 5-10cm (2-4”) apart.