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Thomas Laxton Pea

Thomas Laxton Pea

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Thomas Laxton

75 days — Bred as a cross between a popular old variety called 'Gradus' and 'Alaska' by Laxton Seed Company of Bedfordshire, England[1] and released in 1898.[2] It was first cataloged by American seedsmen for the 1901 growing season. It was named after the late pioneering seed breeder, and founder of the company, Thomas Laxton.

It does well in maritime conditions and it is wilt resistant. The peas are large-seeded, large-podded, bright green, excellent quality, and high in sugar content. The pods grow to about three-and-a-half inches long filling with six to eight peas each.[2] Each ounce is generally enough to plant at least a ten foot row.
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Planting Instructions: Loosen rich well-drained soil in a location that receives six to eight hours of full sunlight per day. Add compost or fertilizer before planting.

Plant seeds directly outdoors in spring or fall when temperatures are cool. Plant 1½ inches deep, one to two seeds every two inches. Keep moist until germination. Thin to one plant every two inches in rows spaced thirty inches apart.
  1. "List of American Varieties of Vegetables for the Years 1901 and 1902," by W. W. Tracy, Jr., USDA, 1903
  2. "Descriptions of Types of Principal American Varieties of Garden Peas," USDA Miscellaneous Publication No. 170, March, 1934