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Sugar Daddy Peas

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The first truly stringless edible podded pea.

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The first truly stringless edible podded pea. 3" deep green pods on 24" vines. Resists powdery mildew and pea leaf roll virus. Harvest about 60 to 65 days after sowing.
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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.

Snap Edible Pod

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

60-65 days

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

3 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.

24-30 inches

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  • Peas

    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.
Snap Edible Pod
Days To Maturity
60-65 days
Fruit Size
3 inches
Full Sun
8 inches
24-30 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
8 inches
Pea, Sugar Daddy Organic is rated 1.7 out of 5 by 31.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 1 Star at best I trusted Burpee to sell trialed seeds. I agree with everyone who gave it a 1 Star. They were tough, not stringless and not tasty. We tried harvesting young, we tried harvesting mature. The only way they were edible was to shell them, not what I was looking for. We thought it was us, now I see few liked them.
Date published: 2019-08-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Maybe I misunderstood, pods are NOT edible I've looked all over, some reviewers indicate that they cook them in the pod, so I'm assume pod is supposed to be edible. I bought these at Tractor Supply, maybe the wrong peas were in the package. Very disappointing.
Date published: 2019-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tasty and best picked young My experience was basically good as long as I picked them youngish. We found them stringless, sweet and tasty. My only problem is that I had a very low germination rate. I'm going to try again for Fall
Date published: 2019-07-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not edible pods! I was surprised when I first tasted these. These pods are not edible, nor stringless. Thinking the wrong seed was processed into the package. More like an English pea. So disappointing because it was the only edible pod pea I planted. I'll go back to my old standard, Sugar Ann edible pod! It's really edible.
Date published: 2019-07-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointing = for spring at least I usually grow Sugar Snap, Super Sugar Snap, or Mammoth Melting, but this year I did not have time to erect a tall trellis so I purchased some Sugar Daddy (since they did not have Snow Bird. Dwarf Grey or Sugar Ann in). First thing I noticed is they were expensive peas - LOL! I gave them a presoak before planting and noted they took a lot longer than I would have expected to germinate, but they did germinate exceedingly well(so plus 1). They also were late in coming into bearing at around 75 days (minus one). They were very easy to grow and manage, yields were acceptable, and they only needs a minor trellis (plus one), Where they really fail is with quality and taste. These are not in the same league as any of those listed above for sweetness and are stringy. I found you had to harvest them at half size and flat like snow peas in order to have sweetness and they still were a bit stringy and chewy even at that stage. (minus 3). I am going to try growing these again as a fall crop, since I have seeds left over. Maybe the will excel when growing into coolness vs heat, but I doubt it. We had a long cool wet spring and while lettuce and greens thrived as did Sugar Daddy the quality and taste was simply not there. Here is hoping they work better as a fall crop. As is, is this is what Sugar Daddy amounts to I have no idea why Burpee sells it.
Date published: 2019-06-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not snap peas! I was very disappointed that these are actually shell peas. Now it's too late to plant a different variety. Please change the label! I planted them in early Spring, so it's not because of warm weather. Please send me a free packet of real snap peas for next year. Luckily, my snow peas are good.
Date published: 2019-06-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pods not edible Strings on both sides. Most pods not edible cooked or raw. Peas are sweet. Very disappointed. Strongly recommend Burpee pull this from the shelves.
Date published: 2019-06-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Seriously? Never having seen the reviews here, I was shocked at my poor results this variety. I've grown both snow peas and sugar snaps (not shell peas) for decades, and I've never had such a disappointment in a pea variety. As did others here, I casually grabbed a packet at a local seller, influenced by the name, photo and description to expect just another sugar snap. From the very first picking, I knew something was fishy: they looked more like snow peas, but even young pods were tough, stringy and not very sweet. What I got seems to be an amalgam of the worst properties of all 3 types of pea! Fortunately I also planted 50% in Oregon Sugar Pod II; not so fortunately, in my first picking, I mixed the two varieties, thinking that I had erred in planting the entire garden in snow peas. Since it's too late in the season to pull them and replant, I think I'll let these mature and use them as shell peas destined for vegetable soup, where toughness and starchiness won't be an issue. Bummer.
Date published: 2019-06-08
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