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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 = Plant in the garden.

  • 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

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

21 Mar 17, Deborah Ford (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Although we have had a lot of hot days this summer in South West Victoria, my sugar peas have just started producing beautifully and will make a nice quickly steamed vege with our Salmon tonight. I have watered them most days since they started showing shoots.
20 Dec 16, Beverley stowe (Australia - temperate climate)
What PH reading do Snow Peas prefer please? Thank you, Beverley.
31 Dec 16, Phil (Australia - temperate climate)
pH 6.0-7.0, add Lime if needed to raise the pH. You're in a similar zone to me... I have had no joy at all with any of the pea/bean family this Sydney summer, far too hot, growth has been really stunted. I didn't realise they were a much cooler weather plant, so keep an eye on the climate too.
01 Jan 17, Beverley Stowe (Australia - temperate climate)
Thank you Phil. I started again with a fresh punnet of Snow Peas. First I added lime and dug it well in. Since planting, I've made sure I don't water more than 2 X weekly. Even though I keep water up to my other green vegies. Early weeks yet, but the Snow Peas are looking good this time. Your answer was appreciated. Beverley.
22 Dec 16, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Peas like pH of 5.8 - 7.0 which would suit most vegetables. 7 ia neutral. Trust this helps.
06 Dec 16, Tom (Australia - temperate climate)
I planted Snow Peas early November, and I'm not getting much growth and are slightly yellow at base of stem. I'm getting flowers and fruit but not many. What can i do to get them to grow better, taller?
07 Dec 16, shaz (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Snow peas are a winter crop, I'm sure of it, that could be your problem. I only grow them in winter.
03 Nov 16, david wade (Australia - temperate climate)
snow peas healthy plants lots of flowers not many pods?
19 Jul 16, Edna Sabile (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I'm at Southern Highlands at Marulan, our temperature here is very cold always below 4 degree centigrade and a lot of times is minus below zero. I did not plant anything for the last 3 months because I'm worried with frost. Can really any of those plants suggested for those months survive the frost? Frost came so early as early as May so all my plants died. I want to start planting as suggested like onions, lettuce this month or next? What else i can plant?
09 Sep 16, sandra (Australia - temperate climate)
I'm in branxton hunter valley and we get frost tho not as cold as marulan and plant snow peas all through winter :)
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