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Growing Snow Peas, also Sugar Peas, Mangetout, Chinese Peas

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Snow Peas in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Plant in the garden.

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 46°F and 68°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 3 - 4 inches apart
  • Harvest in 12-14 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Carrots, Endive, Florence fennel, Winter lettuce, Brassicas.
  • Avoid growing close to: Chives, Alliums, Tomatoes

They are similar to garden peas but have a softer pod .

Snow peas are best grown in cooler seasons.They need some support when growing, tree prunings with lots of small twigs are a cheap and handy source. Or else strings between posts or wire netting. the peas need tying in the early stages, until they start producing tendrils and clinging to the support.

Will not grow well in hot weather. Protect seeds from birds and mice. Pick early and often before the pods become tough.

Start in pots in frost prone areas.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Snow Peas

Cook whole or eat raw in salads

Your comments and tips

10 Jun 17, Paul (Australia - temperate climate)
My snow peas are growing well and providing plenty of pods but they are getting attacked by grabs/ caterpillars. Have picked off heaps of them. What can I do here. Thanks
12 Jun 17, Sean (Australia - temperate climate)
I would spray them with Nature Way - caterpillar killer. This spray is natural, easy to use, and harmless to everything but caterpillars.
21 May 17, Craig (Australia - temperate climate)
The cooler the better for snow peas. Mine are 5 ft tall and no flowers at 7 weeks grown from seeds from last years crop. Drops to 9c at night and July august is 0-6. Dosen't faze them.Good rich soil with blood and bone and a bit of ozmacote and seaweed fertilizer gets them going like beasts. I was still picking heaps of peas in September last year. good stringing and trellis is very important. once they are going only the possums will stop them.They are a tougher plant than they look.
23 May 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
A couple of my earliest planted snow peas are starting to yellow off - planted seed back in mid Feb. Soil is rich and they receive plenty of water. My plants go yellow and mildew by about August. I usually only plant one crop a year but have another following this year. About 6 weeks old and 2' high now - growing well. Temps are in the 13-17 C area at the moment - will go down into high teens in July and August. Days around 26 now and down to low 20's in the future. I grow mine on wire netting 6' high.
06 Jun 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
My second lot of snow peas are now over 4' high and no sign of flowers yet. They are mammoth melting. Think I might try Oregon variety next year. A smaller bushier plant. I had corn growing in this area before the peas. I put some compost/mulch in the corn rows and also kitchen scraps. Dug the corn out and put a bit of fertiliser on it. Looks like it has too much nitrogen. Did read the other day not to put too much N on them.
12 May 17, Lizi Hofer (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
My snow peas look great about 1 meter tall, but no flowers? They are under netting. Could this be the problem?
12 May 17, Darren (Australia - temperate climate)
How long have they been growing? Perhaps too early for flowers.
14 May 17, Lizi Hofer (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Darren, They are about 1 month old.
14 May 17, Darren (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Liz, A dose of potash might encourage some early flowering, otherwise they should flower in time.
17 May 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I had a bit of the same problem this year. Normally I have flowers when the plants are 2' high. Didn't get them this year until 3-4' high'. Had to replant most of them - birds eat them so I put up netting - they grew a bit spindly. Had heaps of rain in March so hit them up with a bit more fertilizer. And the weather changed from day temps of 32-34 to 25-27C. They are now on their way to the moon - first few are 7' high now. I'm picking peas now. I would say I over fertilised them.
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