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

20 Dec 10, David (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Need to know what type of fertlizer I should use on my climbing peas there is good growth and some flowering however they look like they need some encouragement, maybe a specific fertiliser or tonic eg Seasol???
27 Feb 11, Bug (Australia - arid climate)
Anything will do, a side dressing of compost and rock minerals (or complete trace elements) will be all that is needed for the most brilliant green pods. Cheers
31 Jul 10, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
my snow peas are growing fairly well but the leaves are curled as though they haven't fully opened.
09 Oct 10, Andrew (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
When will snow peas start producing the pods? Does flowering mean they are not going to? Thanks :)
09 Oct 10, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi Andrew, the pods will follow the flowers - if there are some bees around to pollinate them. When the flowers begin to die off, there should be a tiny pod left. Give them a few days to grow.
10 Oct 10, John (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Andrew, another way of pollinating is to do it yourself (esp if you are in an area like I am, with bees seen rarely!). I use a small, fine paintbrush and gently wipe it over each stamen, therefore transferring the pollen. I do this with my chillis and get excellent results. cheers, John
19 Oct 10, Hove SA (Australia - temperate climate)
my snow peas are growing with huge green lush leaves and no sign of flowers yet, they were planted about 8 weeks ago. Have I given them too much fertiliser? Is there anything I can put on them to encourage flowering?
31 Oct 10, Annette (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hello, Could you please tell me what is wrong with my snow peas. They seem to start Ok then turn yellow with brown spots and die from the bottom up. thank you, Kind regards Annette
10 Nov 10, Rebecca (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi, My snow peas have flowered and produced wonderful snow peas, good size and everything, but i was wondering whether or not the need pruning, (bottom leaves taken off) and how i can get more snow peas to grow. they are only growing from the top stems not the bottom or side shoots. will the eventually grow from side or do they only produce pea's at the top of the plant?
10 Nov 10, rebecca (Australia - temperate climate)
Also as above to my first comment i forgot to mention that my snow peas are turning yellow (The bottom leaves) i do not use much fertilizer although i did put a slow release fert on yeasterday to try to fix them.. (turning yellow (leaves) from bottom up.... they are planted directly into the ground, not a built up bed, could the cause of this be too much water? or too much sun??
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