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Pea 'Tom Thumb'

Pisum sativum 'Tom Thumb'

Also known as

Pea Half Pint 'Tom Thumb', Mini Muncher Pea 'Tom Thumb'

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 months to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A close up of a Pea 'Tom Thumb' plant showing its green pea pods and leaves.
A close up of a Pea 'Tom Thumb' plant showing its green pea pods and leaves.

Pea 'Tom Thumb' Overview

Pisum sativum 'Tom Thumb' is a fun fast growing dwarf variety that is ideal for growing in containers, window-boxes and pots. A true dwarf pea, 'Tom Thumb' this heirloom cultivar will only get to 30cm (12") in height but produces full sized pea pods filled with tasty sweet peas, which might not make it to the kitchen. Peas like a sunny position , but are cold tolerant plants, that can be sown in fertile compost early for first crops and at regular intervals for a continuous harvest.

Common problems with Pea 'Tom Thumb'

Pea 'Tom Thumb' Companion Plants

How to harvest Pea 'Tom Thumb'

Keep your peas well picked to encourage more pods to develop. Pick peas in the morning after the dew has dried. They are crispiest then. Always use two hands when you pick peas. Secure the vine with one hand and pull the peas off with your other hand.

How to propagate Pea 'Tom Thumb'


Sow in spring. Emerges after 9-13 days

Special features of Pea 'Tom Thumb'

Crop rotation

Peas are a legume and so enrich the soil with Nitrogen.

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Other uses of Pea 'Tom Thumb'

Culinary, climbing, vegetable, food


The peas are edible and are used in a variety of cuisines.