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

Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon : Fabaceae / the pea or legume family

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

21 Mar 10, Andrew (Australia - temperate climate)
Make sure there is plenty of air circulation around the plants this will help with the mildew.
30 Apr 10, emily (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
i like to start growing snow peas in melbourne but i am afraid that this time of year may be not good to grow, please tell me when is the right time to grow bec the weather is too cold. thank you.
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 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
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