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Growing peas vertically is fun, and it’s easy to trellis peas to assist in saving area in the garden. In this post, I will discuss various pea varieties, offer you lots of terrific pea support concepts, and show you precisely how to support peas when growing vertically.

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Peas are extremely easy to grow, and a must for any vertical veggie garden. They do not require much area in the garden, and numerous kinds of peas do effectively in containers too. Growing garden peas vertically is also actually easy, and a lot more of a space saver.

Leaving pea vines to grow along the ground can result in problems with disease, fungus and insects. Peas grown vertically are much healthier, less vulnerable to pest and disease problems, and easier to collect too!

But before we jump into the information of how to trellis peas, it is very important to understand that not all kinds of peas will climb up a support.

So, prior to you go picking the very best trellis for peas, you need to determine if the kind you have will even need a support.


If you have an interest in attempting vertical gardening, it is necessary to know that there are (very broadly) 2 various types of pea plants … bush varieties and vining (climbing) peas.

The factor it is very important to comprehend the difference is that vining plants will climb up a trellis, and bush ranges will not. You will not require a trellis for bush peas, but if you’re growing vining peas, then it’s finest to give them an assistance to get on.

Constantly inspect the seed package or plant tag so you understand what you’re getting. If you wish to trellis peas, then be sure you buy pea plants and seeds for the vining types instead of bush varieties.

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Climbing up peas send side shoots, called tendrils, that vine out from the primary stem. Those vining tendrils will twist around anything they touch.

Peas are generally pretty good climbers, but you might require to train the vines to grow on a support. Otherwise, they can get onto neighboring fences, plants or perhaps mulch rather of the trellis.


Growing peas vertically not only looks beautiful, there are likewise many other benefits. Staking peas, or providing a trellis assistance to grow on will provide you more space in your garden.

Vining peas naturally want to climb up a support, and they can begin climbing on nearby plants if you do not provide a trellis for them.

It’s also healthier for the plant, and allows for better air flow around the leaves. More airflow helps to avoid mildew and disease issues.

Another advantage of trellising peas is that it makes them simpler to collect, considering that the pods will suspend from the plant. Trellised peas are also much easier to safeguard from ground-dwelling bugs like rabbits or slugs.

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The fundamental garden pea varieties are English peas (aka shelling peas), snow peas and snap peas. You might have also heard of individuals growing sweet peas in their garden.

But sweet peas are not edible, they’re simply decorative and grown for the quite, sweet smelling flowers. If you’re looking to grow peas you can consume, then don’t purchase sweet peas.

For climbing up peas, varieties I like the very best consist of Oregon Giant, Sugar Daddy, and Tendersweet.

If you’re looking for bush peas, ranges that I like are Sugar Pod Snow Pea, Pioneer Shell Pea and Green Arrow Shell Pea.

Pea trellis made with chicken wire.
Climbing peas support made with chicken wire.


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Pea vines are very light-weight, so you don’t need a sturdy structure to support them. However you will definitely wish to consider your pea trellis height.

Some peas grow taller than others, and the heights of complete grown plants normally varies in between 3-6 feet high.

So make sure you select the right sized assistance structure for peas, one that is in proportion to the size of the variety you’re growing.

Brief plants will grow terrific on small supports like a fan trellis, a pea teepee trellis made out of bamboo stakes, an ornamental garden obelisk trellis, a small lean-to design plant assistance, or a wire tomato cage.

Tall pea plants will require a bigger structure like a high trellis, a little garden arch, a large lean-to structure, or a wire a-frame trellis.

Arches, lean-tos and a-frames will provide you even more space in your garden because you’ll have the ability to plant much shorter crops underneath.

It’s likewise simple to make a homemade pea trellis utilizing things like chicken wire or other garden fencing, lightweight pea trellis netting, or attempt making a simple Do It Yourself bamboo pea trellis.

Have a look at my simple pea arch trellis DIY task if you want to make your own using my style.

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Like I said above, peas are respectable climbers by themselves. However the vines will likely need to be trained a bit so that they will grow on the vertical assistance, rather than grabbing onto neighboring plants.

To train your pea vines to grow vertically, carefully tuck the vines into the trellis as they get taller. Pea vines are extremely delicate and will break easily when mishandled, so be exceptionally gentle with them.

Peas likewise grow extremely quickly, and it can be difficult to weave the delicate vines into the trellis without breaking them. So, it’s typically more secure to connect the vines to your pea supports using twine, metal twist ties or versatile plant ties.

Simply make certain to tie them on extremely loosely, ties that are too tight can strangle the vines or make them break off as they get taller and thicker.

If you ask me, the best way to grow peas is vertically. It’s easy to trellis peas, and a great way to try your hand at vertical gardening. Just make sure you know the variety you have so you can purchase the very best kind of assistance for it.

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