Propagation forum: I want to grow pea plants for their tendrils

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Oct 25, 2016 8:24 AM CST
My question is a little different. I make pressed flower art, and I need some tendrils to add to some of my artwork. I think pea tendrils may be the best for this use. I'm not interested in either the blossoms or actual peas - just the tendrils. My questions: do you know if there is any pea plant that produces more tendrils than other pea plants? Is there any way I can encourage the plant to produce more tendrils? (Thinking about fresh peas is making me think that I might want to get into growing these plants for their sweet, crunchy goodness, too. However, I need to concentrate on the tendrils first.) Thank you.
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Oct 25, 2016 5:47 PM CST
Try growing some hyper-tendril varieties. Some that come to mind are Spring Blush and Magnolia Blossom, but there are more varieties!

Nov 8, 2016 8:45 AM CST
Phenolic, thank you so much for your suggestion. I didn't know there was such a thing as hyper-tendril peas. That sounds like what I need. I'll be reading up on how to grow them.
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Dec 26, 2016 8:50 PM CST
A bit late I know but if you want tendrils grow Passiflora ... they make all sorts of different tendrils.

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Jan 4, 2017 9:22 PM CST
(three months later ...)

How about some of these six, bred for their tendrils?
If you only want to place one order (and pay one S&H fee), Baker Creek offers THREE varieties of hyper-tendril peas.

'Feisty' from Johnnies:
(there's a nice photo of a clump of tendrils:

'Afilla' from Kitazawa:

'Usui' from Kitazawa:

As always, Baker Creek has spectacular OP varieties I never heard of before.
"Hyper tendril peas" are a new trend from breeders, so they aren't really "heirlooms" like most of Baker Creek seeds. But they will breed true (OP variety).

Magnolia Blossom Tendril Pea

Sugar Magnolia Tendril Pea
"dusty purple blue pods ... purple blossoms and profuse tendrils ..."

Spring Blush Tendril Pea:
"blushed green and purple podded snap pea. Flowers are stunning in bicolor purple and white,
... hyper-tendril habit—a new type in pea breeding.
... Spring Blush throws an occasional green-podded plant,
... (If you save your own seed, select only plants that have the pink blushed pods) "

I suspect that last one must not yet be completely stabilized, if it still throws some green pods

How many seed vendors encourage you to save your own seeds, AND give tips on how to do it better? Good old Baker Creek!

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