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Pea, Sugar Magnolia

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A showstopper with deep-purple pods and contrasting bright-green interiors.

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A showstopper with deep-purple pods and contrasting bright-green interiors. Use fresh in salads, steamed, or sautéed for a delectable visual masterpiece. ‘Sugar Magnolia’ produces deliciously sweet snap peas for weeks on end, from violet and dark-purple bicolored flowers borne on vigorous 6–7' vines. Distinctive tendrils fasten easily to any trellis. Flavor is best right before pods are fully filled out.
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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.

70 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.

6-7 feet

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

6-7 feet

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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
70 days
Fruit Size
3 inches
Full Sun
6-7 feet
6-7 feet
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
3 feet
Pea, Sugar Magnolia is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful addition to a plate These germinate well and are vigorous sprouts. The blossoms are gorgeous. The vines climb well. I got an average of 5 pods per vine. The pods are packs with large green peas with tender shells. The pods are a beautiful dark violet purple. The pods do challenges you a bit to get the pods out. Or they are great sliced for use with pea and pod. I have found the pods retain most of their color when steam. I tend to shell the peas for canning and slide the pods for salads. The downside is the vine gets very very dry and brittle at the ground level, no matter the amount of watering. So gusty wind can snap them off and you lose the plant. It is the reason for the 4 and not 5.
Date published: 2019-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Came on late but fun to grow We decided to start going the "space-saving" route last year and switch to peas and beans grown on trellises instead of bush-style. These came on rather late (then again we had a very late summer last year), but once they did they really took off. My son commented, "These are so incredibly easy to find!" I had to agree; the purple pods meant we weren't out getting eaten alive by mosquitoes or choking on smudge smoke for nearly as long! These weren't as abundant as our bush-style peas; the pods were smaller and there didn't seem to be as many. But the ones we got were delicious. Will definitely grow them again this year and add some bean boost to the soil.
Date published: 2019-05-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bitter, pretty, but bitter! I grew these in 2018 on a tall trellis. They were very prolific & grew on my trellis really well. Produced lots of peas. They were bitter flavored. Cooked, raw, even tiny tender baby peas were all bitter. Very pretty & easy to find due to color.
Date published: 2019-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and delicious Beautiful flowers and delicious peas right of the vine.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from strong, beautiful, easy to grow, productive I planted this a bit too early and at the same time and same location as several other types of peas, including Sugar Snap. Sugar Magnolia came up strong and I ended up with only one Sugar Snap plant and no others. It is producing strongly in early May - more peas than I've seen on other plants in the past and more than the single Sugar Snap plant. It is pretty too. I will now be planting this as my tall pea variety.
Date published: 2018-05-09
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