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Pea, Oregon Sugar Pod II

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Produces a huge crop of snow peas with high percentage of two pods per cluster.

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As versatile as snap peas, pick snow peas flat and tender. Vigorous 28" plants bear 4 1/2" long pods. Resistant to pea virus, common wilt and powdery mildew. Superb for freezing. Direct-sow in early spring, again in midsummer for a fall crop. Outstanding winter crop in Zones 9-11. Proven tops for performance, flavor and wide adaptability. Our seeds are not treated.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.


Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

68 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

4 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

8 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

28 inches

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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: Apr-04 - Last Date: May-16

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.
  • Sow 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.
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days, possibly longer in cooler soils.
  • 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 they 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 Maturity
68 days
Fruit Size
4 inches
Full Sun
8 inches
28 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
6 inches
Pea, Oregon Sugar Pod II is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Snow Peas Yet These are the best snow peas I have ever planted. The pods are large but stay flat and crisp longer than most and so sweet. The shorter size works much better in my garden than the Super Snaps that are too tall for the fence I use as a trellis. I almost have too many but am freezing some and learning new recipes to enjoy them fresh. I will be ordering these again. Thank you Burpee for having so many varieties of all your vegetables to choose from and try.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good producer in spite of heat We had a warm spring, but this still produced well enough to allow me to freeze quite a bit. Not as productive as Sugar Snap, but certainly earned it's keep. Done by 6/21, which is as I expected.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet.y I bought these peas didnt expect much, overlooked for awhile then checked closer and found two pods tasted one and could not believe them I thought it was candy gave the other too my partner and he could not believe the flavor.they are great we search daily they make a salad great this is a must have......lenny only have a small garden but I squize it till the dirt turnes GREEN.
Date published: 2016-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked in the desert! Planted first week of March, have been getting daily or every other day harvest for a month. Removing plants first week of June due to desert temperatures over 100. No fertilizer or extra organic material added to clay soil since last year's planting. Did provide trellis, but these are bush and did not climb. Extremely happy with outcome and continued production! Rated yield a 4 rather than 5 as I never saw so many pods in one place with consistent length as the picture, but loved the taste and yield! In picture, have already washed and removed stems.
Date published: 2016-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great producer! Have bought these for years now and my family and I absolutely love these. I have planted as early as March 1 on warmer years but have never had germination problems or any for that matter. I have the best luck growing on chicken fence and grow again in fall when days go back down in the low 70s. Indiana zone 5
Date published: 2016-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is an absolutely must in my Fall/Winter/Spring garden box in Arizona. I have a trellis in my 4' x 2' Monarch Garden Box and plant the first crop by last week in Sept. As long as nights stay above 50 degrees I inter-plant to extend the crop well into December/January. I will re-seed again after our last frost in Mid-February. Oregon Sugar Pod is my most reliable and heavy yield treat from the garden!
Date published: 2015-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Normally a great snowpea This year was not a success for my snowpeas. I've grown these for several years with great success, but unfortunately not this year. I haven't figured out why yet: the peas only lasted part of the growing season, produce a miniscule number of pods, and I had to pull them out early. Very sad. But I do recommend these in general and will plant them again next year. Hopefully will know by then what happened this year!
Date published: 2013-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Hardy I planted these in a container in mid-March, they took quite some time to germinate and I thought our extra cold spring weather had killed them all. They sprouted eventually about a month and a half later & after that they were pretty much ignored for 6+ weeks (medical issues kept me out of the garden during that time). We had cold snap after cold snap & I was stunned when these stunted little vines began to produce! Only a handful of small pods altogether off of four vines, but they were delicious. Some leaf miners got to them in the past few weeks and I was going to pull them up a few days ago but didn't get around to it. Today I go out and see seven new blooms! In spite of adversity they did remarkably well, in my opinion. I am eager to try them again next year when I can give them a more attention, hopefully more favorable weather and allow them live up to their full potential!
Date published: 2013-07-19
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