Sugar Snap

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A wonderfully sweet, easy to grow pea with edible pods, Sugar Snap peas will full-sized peas with no shelling necessary. Just eat the pea and pod together!

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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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Sugar snap peas are similar to snow peas in that you can eat the pods, but unlike snow peas, form full-sized peas and aren’t flat. (Both the peas and the pods are sweet!) The green pods are about 3" long, 1/2" across, and bear over a long picking period as long as you keep harvesting.

Unlike many pea varieties, Sugar Snaps will bear well in both hot and cold weather, and therefore has a longer growing season. The vines can grow to more than 6’ or more and will need staking or trellising. They also freeze well.

Great eaten raw, stir-fried, or cooked in casseroles and stews.

An AAS Winner.

Starting out

Starting Indoors: Although you can start peas indoors, they prefer to be direct seeded. (The seedlings are frost-hardy.)

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 them watered during dry spells, as they don’t produce well once their roots dry out.

Sugar snap peas are a vining pea and will need to be supported (i.e. cage, trellis, etc.). It’s best to have this in place soon after the peas emerge to avoid damaging the roots later on. (I prefer to places long sticks together in the form of a tipi.)

Pea roots 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

Sugar Snaps are different from shelling peas in that you don’t have to wait full the peas inside to fully develop. Simply pick them whenever you wish (though they’re best once they’ve started filling out the pod a little). The more you harvest, the more the vine will produce. Remove the strings before eating.

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