Mangetout Growing Guide

Pisum sativum var. saccharatum


Crop Rotation Group

Legumes (Pea and Bean family) 


Most soil types.


Sunny or light shade.

Frost tolerant



Not usually required.


Single Plants: 10cm (3") each way (minimum)
Rows: 10cm (3") with 20cm (7") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Start mangetout off under cover in early spring in a length of old guttering as this makes it easy to tip them into their final planting site. Or sow directly into the soil once it has warmed up in late spring. Sow in batches for a continuous supply.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Support plants with a strong row or wigwam structure over which netting can be tied for them to climb up. Alternatively, use twiggy sticks pushed into the ground near each plant.


Pick whole pods regularly while still young and not stringy.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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