Oregon Sugar Pod

AT A GLANCE

This easy to grow, non-climbing, snow pea is a prolific producer of stringless, edible pods that keep on producing after multiple pickings. The dwarf vines are perfect for container gardens or allotments short on space. A favorite in Asian cooking, these peas are excellent when picked young and stir-fried, or simply eaten raw.

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SunFull
Germination7 - 10 Days
Sowing MethodStart in Pots / Trays
Days to Maturity70 Days
Seed Count200
Recommended Soil pH5.5-7.0

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70 days spring sown. 250 days fall sown.

A gardener’s favorite, Oregon Sugar Pod peas are vigorous producers of long, flat pods that are mild-flavored and incredibly sweet. As a dwarf pea, they are extremely easy to grow and unlike other vining peas, hold up well without staking. The pods are best when picked young (about 8 cm long), and with frequent harvesting, will keep producing until the weather becomes too hot. This particular variety is resistant to the pea virus, common wilt and powdery mildew.

May be sown from February to late May in UK climates. For continuous production, plant successively every few weeks.

RHS Award of Garden Merit winner.

A legume that likes cool weather. Plant in Spring and Fall to avoid heat. Tolerates much soil variation, but prefers a moist, humus- rich non-acid loam that drains well.

RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Recommended by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany.

Starting out

Starting Indoors: Although you can start peas indoors, they prefer to be direct seeded.

Direct Seed: Sow in early spring at a depth of 2cm (1”) as soon as the soil can be worked. (For an earlier crop the next year, sow 2 weeks before the first frost.) It doesn’t hurt to over-plant, as this will help ensure your crop against pests, weather, rot, and/or wildlife losses. Keep the soil evenly moist during germination.

Peas are not particular about soil, but prefer those with plenty of added organic matter and a pH between 5.5-6.8. Avoid the use of high nitrogen fertilisers.


Plant direct
Weeding

Maintenance

Pease are generally fine with regular rainfall, but make sure to keep watered during dry spells, as they don’t produce well once their roots dry out.

The roots of peas are shallow, so keep the base of the plants mulched to keep the roots protected, moist, and cool. Mulch will also help keep the weeds down. (When weeding, avoid digging deeply with a hoe or other instrument, as you may damage the rooting system.)

Harvesting

Oregon Sugar Pod peas are usually ready for harvest about 3 weeks after the flower appears. Harvest when young unless saving for seed. This variety is best when the pods are about 8 cm long. Regular picking will stimulate further production.

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