QUESTION: Do peas need full sun to grow? I have quite a bit of shade in my growing area and want to make sure they will have enough sunlight. -Frankie T.
ANSWER: For optimal growing results, peas need to be planted in an area that receives at least six to eight hours of full sunlight exposure daily. Pea plants will tolerate partial shade but they will grow slower than they otherwise would in a full sunlight location. The more light that pea plants receive, the faster they will grow.
Peas do enjoy cool temperatures, so in especially warm climate areas, you might consider planting your peas in an area that receives a little bit of shade in order to extend the growing season and keep your pea plants producing. You still need to make sure that they get a minimum of four to six hours of direct sunlight per day. In warm climates, peas may do well in partial shade locations, but make sure that they get some sunlight, even on the warmest days. Full shade areas will not provide sufficient light energy to keep pea plants happy.