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

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

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.
10 Aug 20, Anon (Australia - temperate climate)
See if they will become bigger with time. They don't need bees. The snow peas I grow only take about a week from flowering to grow to about 75-100mm long. I grow giant oregon snow peas from Boondie Seeds. If you start with good rich soil then they don't need more fertiliser.
11 Aug 20, Anonymous (Australia - temperate climate)
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.
11 Jul 20, Peter (Australia - temperate climate)
My Mammoth Melting are 2.5m tall - flowers but no pods. Planted 23/4/20. ( long wait) The Oregan Dwarfs (Mr.Fothergills - from Bunnings) planted 25/4/20 are 1.2m - with flowers and pods. ( slower to flower than last batch - I guess due to the cooler weather). Seems the smaller the plant the faster to fruit, with these 2 varieties. My current pickings are from Oregan Dwarfs planted 13/3/20 and have been picking since 1/6/20.
13 Jul 20, (Australia - temperate climate)
I grow Oregon Giant - from Boondie seeds on the internet.. They grow to about 1.2-1.5m. I tried other varieties but they grew too high.
20 Dec 19, Maf (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi, I’m in Sydney and it’s really hot here at the moment, and it’s expected to get 40+ degrees most of January. Do you have any advice for keeping my snow pea plants alive? My concerns include scorched leaves, wilting, drought. Also, I use sugar cane mulch to cover to soil. Do you suggest something else or is sugar cane mulch alright. Please reply soon. Thanks.
21 Dec 19, Liz at Gardenate (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Snow peas grow best in cooler weather. See here www.gardenate.com/plant/Snow Peas?zone=2
05 Nov 19, Dale (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Have just noticed a few snow peas coming up.They self seeded.Do you think they will survive the heat of spring / summer? I hope so ,but doubt it very much...as it is going to be 36 degrees later this week. Must have popped up with that little burst of rain the other week.The area is fairly well mulched too. Also, how can I get rid of green shield bugs on tomatoes?
07 Nov 19, Another gardener (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
They may grow alright. The mulch will keep the soil temp down a bit and if you have anything that can provide some shade protection when it is in the 30's. Some protection for some of the day, like a shade cloth wall. Keep the water up to them. My peas are producing now and for another week or two - temp today 33.
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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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