Very early, edible-podded, dwarf sugar pea.
Days To Maturity
2-4 weeks BLF
How to Sow
- Because peas are members of the legume family of plants, they can benefit from an application of a soil inoculant designed for beans and peas, prior to planting. The inoculant will enable the plants to take nitrogen from the air to use as fertilizer, which can increase crop yield and quality.
- For optimum flavor, grow in cool weather.
- Coat untreated seed with an inoculant.
- Sow in average soil in full sun in early spring for first crop, in late summer for fall crop.
- Support shorter peas on small stakes or a pea fence. Taller peas can be supported with a tower or trellis netting. Set supports for vining varieties prior to planting.
- In rows 2 inches apart in double rows spaced 6 inches apart with 24 inches between each set of rows.
- Cover with 1 inch of fine soil, and sow 1 inch deep.
- Thin gradually to stand 4-6 inches apart starting when seedlings are about 1-2 inches high.
How to Grow
- Protect spring plantings with floating row covers to keep flea beetles away.
- Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
- Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. They do not perform well in overly wet conditions. Seeds can rot in wet soil before germination occurs when planted in early spring.
- Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
Harvest and Preserving Tips
- To determine when to pick shell peas, check the pods by eye and feel. If the pea pod is round, has a nice sheen, and is bright green, it is ready. If the seeds have made ridges on the pod and the pods are dull green, it is past prime.
- You can pick snap and snow peas at any time but are tastiest when the pods still have some play around the peas when you squeeze the pods.
- Pick snow peas before the peas start to enlarge.
- If harvest exceeds immediate fresh use, you can freeze peas immediately after harvest to retain rich flavor. Blanch peas for two minutes in boiling water, drain, and then plunge into ice cold water for another two minutes. Drain again and loosely pack the peas into plastic freezer bags or containers. Use within 9 months for best quality.
- Peas can also be dried in a dehydrator and stored in a sealed canister for use in soups and stews.
Days To Maturity58 daysFruit Size3 inchesSunFull SunSpread8 inchesHeight16-18 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeFall, SpringSow Time2-4 weeks BLFThin6 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Pea, Snowbird is rated out of 5 by 8.Rated 5 out of 5 by JokerJim from Incredible harvest This is my second year with these peas. I put them in wooden containers and about two months later I have a bushel full of peas. They seem to have a period of producing peas that lasts about month. We pick a small bowl full every 3 or 4 days and it lasts for several weeks. I have 100% germination rate, basically. Over two full season I have had maybe two seeds that didn't sprout. I run two rows in 1' x 4' wooden boxes. Tremendous quality and taste, I saute them with fresh garlic and very hot olive oil and they are gone in seconds!Date published: 2015-06-14Rated 5 out of 5 by farmersgrandson from Yummy Started harvesting my snowbird peas today. Planted early April. I think most of them will not make the kitchen as everyone is eating the peas as we pick them. Can’t wait to replant a new crop.Date published: 2015-06-03Rated 4 out of 5 by Angie from So far So Good I planted last year's peas from Burpee this year. They are growing quite well in our raised bed. We actually lost a Dogwood tree over this harsh winter, so we cut it up for firewood, but saved the nicer branches to use as stakes for the peas. They look really different in the bed and is a conversation piece. The pea plants look great at their young age, and also planted a small amount of carrots with them. I posted a photo.Date published: 2014-05-06Rated 5 out of 5 by YankeePlanter from Productive, easy to harvest, and tasty! I planted several varieties of peas early last spring and in the rush forgot to label them. Thus, I didn't realize the Snowbird peas were ready till I noticed they'd stopped flowering. Anyway, that meant I ended up harvesting them all at once. Apart from a scant handful of the first peas to set along the row, which were a bit tough, the pods were tender and delicious, and the one time harvest made life easier for me and meant that the garden bed was immediately available for replanting.Date published: 2014-01-13Rated 2 out of 5 by Papadoc from Not worth the bother This pea got it's second star because what it produces is tender and very tasty. However, this has all but been a waste of time in the garden this year. Despite nice growth, the yield has been poor while every other veggie in the garden is having its best year ever. A 25# row has given me a net of about 2# of peas. I hoped that at some point it would just peak out and blow me a way, but it's petered out now and will be tilled to plant something a whole lot better. These are also the dwarf of the dwarf variety.Date published: 2012-06-16Rated 4 out of 5 by Neillb from Well worth growing All my peas are planted way before the last frosts & snow here, though they always come through. Snowbird is no exception. Germinates quite readily, though a little patchy this year, & grows well. Not a tall plant, it is easier to handle than the full size ones & more adaptable though maybe there are a few less of the very tasty pods. It earns it place in the gardenDate published: 2010-05-27Rated 5 out of 5 by CAGardener from Prolific Snow Pea This pea is very easy to grow and produces like a champ. This summer (2008) I planted a packet left over from last year's order, and had great succes. Just harvested enough today (June 7) for dinner from a planting done in mid-April. I also like the fact that this is a dwarf version, as I can combine it with other veggies in my raised beds and not have too much trouble with the vines shading my other plants. You have to try this pea!Date published: 2008-06-09Rated 5 out of 5 by LIGardener from Hardy Pea I planted these in early April. Unfortunately, after I planted them we had a cold snap with night temps in the low 30s. I thought they would not sprout, but, happily, they did. And produced a bountiful crop of snowpeas that when stir-fried were crispy and delicious.Date published: 2007-02-16