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 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
  • 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

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?
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.
06 Jun 20, thorsten stanley (New Zealand - temperate climate)
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! :-)
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