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 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 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

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 .
31 Aug 20, Mandy (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Are snow peas better to be staked and do they grow up tall like beans or not so high? (Gardenate : see info here /www.gardenate.com/plant/Snow Peas?zone=5 )
01 Sep 20, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
There are snow peas that can grow over 2m tall. Then there are some that grow to 1.2-1.5m. In sub tropical Australia I grow Giant Oregon, to about 1.2-1.5m. Good heavy producer. You need to build a trellis for them to grow on. I have 2 posts 2.4m apart and 1.8m out of the ground. A cross beam at the top to stop them falling inwards. I use chicken wire as my trellis. Plant about 15 peas each side of the wire. Then I put 3-4 stakes (15-18mm square) on each side. I then wrap cord/twine/?? around the stakes and posts, each 150-200mm up the posts, for the plant to grip onto.
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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re problems with snow peas- i may have found the problem; this year I planted earlier and found newly sprouted plants lying on the soil, I suspect it's birds. Having found kakas eating my feijoas ( caught red clawed) it MIGHT be them but suspect european imports as they seem to get past small holes in netting. Now bought many metres of netting and TRY AGAIN! :-)

- thorsten stanley

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