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 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

30 Apr 10, (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Emily, you can plant some right now (April/May) in Melbourne
10 May 10, nicole (Australia - temperate climate)
i have a few snow peas growing they dont seem to be flowering how do i promote the flowering they r about 1mtr tall on support wire ( protected from wind get a couple hours sun in the morning well looked after ) im 1 half hours north of perth
12 May 10, sara (Australia - temperate climate)
They might need to just grow a bit longer. A bit too late for you, but a pinch or two of potash in the trench when you plant is good for peas.
19 May 10, Annaliese (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi, pot ash from a fire? Or can you buy this from a nursery?
21 May 10, (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Annaliese, Potash (mostly potassium carbonate) from a nursery is what I use. A bag will last for years unless you grow 'commercial quantities' of peas.
17 May 10, pauline ferguson (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
is it ok to use fertilizer such as worm wee.ie from a worm farm and then water it down to 1in 10 dilution or is this too strong
18 May 10, (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I always heard that diluting to 'weak tea' colour is the way to go. Admittedly I drink tea quite strong so I expect I don't dilute enough, but they seem to survive.
19 May 10, Annaliese (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi, I use the liquid from my worm farm at a 1 to 8 dilution on my vegetable garden which seems to work quite well. With my indoor tropical plants I can use the liquid straight. - Annaliese
22 May 10, Jessica (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi, I just recently moved into a house with an established vegie garden and there are snow peas in there. I was wondering whether to remove them now and sow next year or keep them for a second year as they are? thanks.
23 May 10, (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Snow peas should grow well through the winter so if they are fairly young plants then I would keep them. If they've already finished podding then rip them out.
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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

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