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

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
  • 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

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! :-)
08 Jun 20, Anonymous (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
I build a trellis 2.1m long and 1.8m high. Put 1.2m stakes in about 500mm from trellis base. Then put netting around the whole thing. 1/2
30 May 20, Thulani (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Hi I want to plant these in a hydroponics system. Will they grow and can I do that on a commercial scale.
01 Jun 20, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Gardenate does not provide information for commercial growers. Try contacting an Agricultural service
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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Without knowing what kind of soil you have, how friable it is, how fertile, what the weather is like it is a big guess. Soil temperature and soil fertility would be the main reasons probably.

- anon

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