Pea, Sugar Snap
The original snap pea—an All-America Selections winner.
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 Maturity70 daysFruit Size3 inchesSunFull SunSpread8 inchesHeight48-72 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeFall, SpringSow Time2-4 weeks BLFThin6 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Pea, Sugar Snap is rated out of 5 by 7.Rated 5 out of 5 by Nanofarmer from Vigorous! I planted these early this year on a west facing wall next to another house where they'd get afternoon sun. They shot up and produced a lot of pods (which were very tasty!) until the temperature shot up into the 110's when they got fried. I'm trying again this fall/winter and I expect excellent performance.Date published: 2014-10-22Rated 1 out of 5 by stargazer from plants died before I could plant them outdoors The seeds sprouted and grew into two vines about six inches high in separate 3" pots, but died just before the weather was ready for me to move them outdoors. I then tried again, and planted some more seeds that never sprouted. I don;t know if I'll bother trying these seeds again.Date published: 2013-07-18Rated 5 out of 5 by drmar1 from Unbelievable yield - wonderful flavor! Have grown these annually for many years with 100% success. I sow the seeds about an inch apart on either side of a sturdy 6 foot trellis, sprinkling a bit of Burpee Booster (for peans and beans) in each hole. These peas had no trouble making it through the five hard freezes we had last January in Phoenix. By March, we were rewarded with thick, lush vines that were over the top of the trellis. The biggest trouble we have with these peas each year is that they grow so quickly that they must be picked at least every other day! Several pounds' yield from 1-1/2 packs of seeds. Here in Arizona, where fresh peas are a rarity in the grocery stores, these are our favorite annual treat. They rarely make it into cooked dishes... they are so sweet and tender that we eat them right out of the pod. Even my two teens and my dog love these! :)Date published: 2011-10-01Rated 5 out of 5 by Grandpa from Spring treat These are wonderful. Planted mid Jan. We had frost to 30F, but they came though just fine. Seven plants yielding about a pint per day in April. Image is a six-year old hand.Date published: 2010-04-20Rated 5 out of 5 by gardenkk from Great value wow these were good. I planted a couple of my seeds and i was overwhelmed with the quality of these delicious peas. I used them in stir fries often.Date published: 2009-08-14Rated 5 out of 5 by Krawz from Super flavor Grew these in a tub up one of Burpee's bean towers. Plants weren't as prolific as I thought they would be, but I planted another sowing that took off in early summer. The pods are sweet and are excellent in salads or just as a snack! Vines produced till early fall.Date published: 2009-01-22Rated 5 out of 5 by Finny from Jack and the beanstalk tall Talk about your easy peas, man. I jammed these in the soil after the frost date and let 'em rip. Not too long afterward I had beautiful tall stalks climbing (quickly) up the fence. I picked handfuls of these daily and used them in salads and stir fries. Very sweet, not stringy, firm. I accidentally sowed some sweet pea seeds in with these snap peas and it was a beautiful display. I will purposefully do this from now on since it was so pretty.Date published: 2007-08-10