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Laxton's Progress Shell Pea Art Pack

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  • Art Pack by Susan Siegel.
  • Peas in hand.
  • Most pods have nine peas.

Laxton's Progress Shell Pea

Pisum sativum

Certified Organic Seed

Plump pods grow on short vines.

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This highly evolved goat seems to have moved beyond her appetite to a purely aesthetic appreciation for peas. How? Genetics. The first recorded awareness of heredity through breeding was biblical and involved Jacob's spotted goats. But it wasn't until Mendel picked up a paintbrush that the foundation for modern genetics was born. Mendel used his bristles to purposefully cross-pollinate peas. Later, Laxton built on Darwin's insights to improve garden peas. This painting brings this history to life with a contemporary brush stroke. Our kind of progress!

Quick Facts

Number of Seeds 60
Spacing in Row 1 to 2 inches
Spacing Between Rows 36 inches
Planting Depth 1 inch
Days to Germination 7 to 10
Days to Maturity 62
Height at Maturity 18 to 24 inches
Width at Maturity 2 inches

How to Grow

Direct sow as soon as soil can be worked until last frost date. Compact grower reaches only 18-24" tall; trellising not required, though all peas prefer it. Harvest pods when plump but not bursting, then shell and enjoy. Frequent and steady harvests help plants to continue to produce. Saving seeds is easy: just let some peas dry on the vine.

About the Artist

Artwork by Susan Siegel. Susan's paintings are inspired by the grand tradition of 18th Century Rococo portraiture. Playing with the conventions of formal portraiture, her fantastical human-animal hybrids wander a dreamy and pastoral world.

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