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Growing Snow Peas, also Sugar Peas, Mangetout, Chinese Peas

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    P P P              

(Best months for growing Snow Peas in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 46°F and 68°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 3 - 4 inches apart
  • Harvest in 12-14 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Carrots, Endive, Florence fennel, Winter lettuce, Brassicas.
  • Avoid growing close to: Chives, Alliums, Tomatoes

Your comments and tips

15 Jul 17, Sam (Australia - tropical climate)
No, best to leave them and dig them into the soil as the nitrogen nodules on the roots are excellent for your veggie patch... all leafy veggies love this.
10 Jun 17, Paul (Australia - temperate climate)
My snow peas are growing well and providing plenty of pods but they are getting attacked by grabs/ caterpillars. Have picked off heaps of them. What can I do here. Thanks
12 Jun 17, Sean (Australia - temperate climate)
I would spray them with Nature Way - caterpillar killer. This spray is natural, easy to use, and harmless to everything but caterpillars.
21 May 17, Craig (Australia - temperate climate)
The cooler the better for snow peas. Mine are 5 ft tall and no flowers at 7 weeks grown from seeds from last years crop. Drops to 9c at night and July august is 0-6. Dosen't faze them.Good rich soil with blood and bone and a bit of ozmacote and seaweed fertilizer gets them going like beasts. I was still picking heaps of peas in September last year. good stringing and trellis is very important. once they are going only the possums will stop them.They are a tougher plant than they look.
23 May 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
A couple of my earliest planted snow peas are starting to yellow off - planted seed back in mid Feb. Soil is rich and they receive plenty of water. My plants go yellow and mildew by about August. I usually only plant one crop a year but have another following this year. About 6 weeks old and 2' high now - growing well. Temps are in the 13-17 C area at the moment - will go down into high teens in July and August. Days around 26 now and down to low 20's in the future. I grow mine on wire netting 6' high.
06 Jun 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
My second lot of snow peas are now over 4' high and no sign of flowers yet. They are mammoth melting. Think I might try Oregon variety next year. A smaller bushier plant. I had corn growing in this area before the peas. I put some compost/mulch in the corn rows and also kitchen scraps. Dug the corn out and put a bit of fertiliser on it. Looks like it has too much nitrogen. Did read the other day not to put too much N on them.
12 May 17, Lizi Hofer (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
My snow peas look great about 1 meter tall, but no flowers? They are under netting. Could this be the problem?
04 Jul 17, Man (Australia - temperate climate)
Maybe it is 2 hot
12 May 17, Darren (Australia - temperate climate)
How long have they been growing? Perhaps too early for flowers.
14 May 17, Lizi Hofer (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Darren, They are about 1 month old.
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Yes. Peas are annuals, meaning the plant only lasts for one season. Your plants will set pods for a few weeks and then die off. If you want more then one crop you need to sow seeds every few weeks. Depending on where you live, you can sow snow or snap peas all year round.

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