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    We tried these for the first time this year. They seem to be highly recommended in magazines and on radio programmes.
    Ours were a disaster. Low germination rate. A refusal to climb round the poles.
    Very low yield on what did fruit.
    Other peas planted alongside were fine.
    Would appreciate hearing others experiences with this pea.

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    Peas can't actually climb poles, they cling with small tendrils, so netting works better for them.

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    I grew mine last year.
    I'd agree about climbing-no discipline at all-had to tie up some of them to the canes.
    Seeds-mine were fine,no probs with germination(King seeds),maybe you've just had bad luck?
    Yield-very high,plenty of pods with up to 10 peas in the pod.Must watch the picking time,if you miss it they become bitter.
    Alderman is VERY high growing pea and needs good support-my plants collapsed under its own weight(both wigwams)
    That was my experience with Alderman,hope you'll have better ones in the future

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    I grew them for the first time this year - and it won't be the last. They grew to a good 7ft and produced loads of pods - lovely flavour.
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    I've never grown Alderman, but my peas in general weren't great this year. I sowed them later than usual and they really suffered in that long hot, dry spell we had. Pretty low yield on all of them except Gladstone and Lancashire Lad. They did pick up a bit later in the season when it finally rained, but overall yield was poor.

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    My peas were the same, great from the early plants and terrible from later sown ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by womble View Post
    My peas were the same, great from the early plants and terrible from later sown ones.
    Same here for me

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    That's the trick then - I sowed my early!
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