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60 days. Be one of the first gardeners in America to catch onto Nairobi, a snap pea that’s extremely popular in Europe. These stringless 3–3 ½ inch dark green pods develop in pairs and are early maturing, sweet and crisp. Mildew resistant plants make Nairobi a great candidate for fall growing. HR: PM.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Good, but be prepared.

I purchased these to run alongside Sugar Snaps in the spring garden because they were/are being sold as a bush type with excellent vigor and yield. Quality and quantity of harvest was excellent.

Vigor was excessive. In fact, I don't think these behave like a bush type at all considering they topped 6 feet while the Sugar Snaps attained their usual ~3 foot height in the same soil with the same inputs.

This led to some challenges in keeping Nairobi contained so it didn't swallow up the Sugar Snaps. More of a semi-bush variety with some decidedly vine-like attributes. Plan accordingly.

Excellent peas

I grew Sugar Daddy and Nairobi peas last summer 2023. Location is Southeast Alaska.
Both grew beautiful vines 5 feet tall up the trellis and produced heavy harvests of peas. The Nairobi were definitely better tasting, thick delicious pods that were tender even into August. My grandchildren loved them and were always grazing in the garden.
I will certainly grow Nairobi again this coming season.

Bit tough

Grew these alongside PL141 and preferred that variety over this one. Nairobi wins in 2 categories: vine length (2 ft) and stringiness. PL141 taste better and are more productive with bigger pods, but are stringier. Nairobi pods get tough quicker. Both began to yield about the same time. We had a pretty warm, dry spring; maybe this variety would perform better in different conditions.

Soil Temp for Germ 45–75°F
Seed Depth 1–1 ½"
Seed Spacing 1"
Days to Emergence 8–25
Thin Plants to N/A
Row Spacing 18–24"
Fertilizer Needs Low
Minimum Germination 80%
Seeds per Ounce ≈ 90–165
Seed Life 2 years

Pisum sativum Peas nourish our bodies with phytonutrients and, surprisingly, with omega-3 fatty acids. A hard-working crop, they improve the soil, fixing nitrogen that will feed future crops. Especially easy to grow in cool seasons. Snap peas have edible pods that are sweetest as the pods fatten up. High in vitamin C and niacin, they are most nutritious when fresh and briefly cooked. For the best nutrition and flavor, grow your own crops. Snap peas are the most productive of all the types of peas. Some snap peas develop strings that are easily removed by peeling them back as the pods are harvested.

Days to maturity are calculated from the date of direct seeding. Note: In areas with mild winters such as the maritime Northwest where peas can be planted in February, add 35-40 days.

• Peas are a hardy cool-season crop that can be grown in a variety of soil types
• Side dress plants with 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer and 1/2 cup bone meal per 10 row feet
• Climbing varieties should be trellised
• Most bush-type vines can be supported on a short trellis or allowed to grow as a mound
• Environmental stress, such as prolonged hot weather or lack of moisture, will reduce yields
• Extend your harvest through multiple sowings

Direct Sowing
• Peas may be sown as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring
• Cool temperatures lead to slow and erratic germination
• Sow peas in July for a fall crop
• In mild climates you can overwinter

Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: Pea aphid
• Insect control: Pyrethrin should be applied at seedling stage if leaf scalloping is observed
• Common diseases: Fusarium wilt (also called pea root rot), powdery and downy mildews, and pea enation mosaic virus (more common in Northwest and Northeast areas)
• Disease control: Zonix
• Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation

Harvest & Storage
• For snap and shelling peas, start checking for maturity as soon as the pods begin to swell
• Harvest frequently to keep plants producing
• If left on the vine too long, the peas become starchy and the pods become tough
• Store at 36°F and 95% humidity

HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
AF | Ascochyta
DM | Downy Mildew
E | Enation Mosaic Virus
F* | Fusarium Wilt
PEMV | Pea Enation Mosaic Virus
PLR | Pea Leaf Roll Virus
PM | Powdery Mildew
* Numbers indicate specific disease race.

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