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

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

(Best months for growing Snow Peas in Australia - temperate 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 8°C and 20°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 8 - 10 cm 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
  • Snow Pea on plant (commons.wikimedia.org - JS - CC BY-SA 3.0)

They are similar to garden peas but have a softer pod .

Snow peas are best grown in cooler seasons.They need some support when growing, tree prunings with lots of small twigs are a cheap and handy source. Or else strings between posts or wire netting. the peas need tying in the early stages, until they start producing tendrils and clinging to the support.

Will not grow well in hot weather. Protect seeds from birds and mice. Pick early and often before the pods become tough.

Start in pots in frost prone areas.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Snow Peas

Cook whole or eat raw in salads

Your comments and tips

10 Jul 21, Garry Searle (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Why are my pole beans wilting and dying. The runner stem above the ground is hollow but the root is pk
21 Jul 21, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Could be bean fly - grown them in the spring.
02 Jun 21, Tom (Australia - temperate climate)
Do I need vegetable dust to protect snow peas?
14 Jun 21, John Mauger (Australia - temperate climate)
peas are relatively pest resistant apart from, perhaps, slugs. The main problem you can have with peas is Powdery Mildew, a white powder on the leaves. This can be controlled with a fungicide or with a spray made from 10% milk (any sort) in water. This spray is used by organic growers.. Trust this helps
20 Feb 21, Jean Shitabata (USA - Zone 12a climate)
I am growing some Chinese peas. Plants are about 2 1/2 to 3 feet tall. But no flowers . Any advice.
22 Feb 21, Anonymous (Australia - temperate climate)
Depends what variety they are - some don't flower until 4-5' some about 3'. I grow Oregon Giant .
25 Aug 20, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I am having trouble with leaf curl and a whitish mottling on some of the leaves. I am using a quality vegetable growing soil mix. Any ideas as to why?
26 Aug 20, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Google leaf curl snow peas. Look for comment by harvesttotable.
08 Aug 20, Lalitah (Australia - temperate climate)
Growing peas this year(snow,sugar snap and green peas) Why they are having flowers but no fruits? There are some small fruits but mature. Do they needs bees to pollinate?
22 Feb 21, Richard (Australia - temperate climate)
This is a somewhat late reply I'm afraid but it may help you in the coming 2021 year. Peas are just pollinated by wind so bees are not required. Giving the flowers a little shake after they form may help but this is unlikely to be your issue if your peas are not very well wind shielded. Mostly I would be concerned that you are posting this in August (peak frost time!) As I understand pea flowers will go sterile if the flowers are hit by frost. I think that this web site is incorrect in advising people to plant peas as early as April. I would recommend not putting peas in the ground any earlier than June. My wife loves peas and so I plant peas twice a year to maximize yield. I put one set down in July and another in September.
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I have heard that using potash should fix this issue, too much nitrogen in the soil/air and they want to grow instead of fruit. Potash should help it to concentrate or flowering/fruiting.

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