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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 = Sow seed

  • 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

15 Jan 18, Bass-Tone (Australia - temperate climate)
Is it not wiser to cut down snow peas at the seasons end rather than pull out nitrogen fixating bacteria. Secondly, shouldn't we keep root crops away from legumes? ?
03 Jun 18, Chris (Australia - temperate climate)
If you are wanting to return the nitrogen that legumes accumulate back to the soil, then you're better off digging the plants in just as they start to flower. As the beans/legumes develop from flowers, they use up the nitrogen nodules they build up during growth on the roots and by the end of the season, at least 97% of the built up nitrogen is gone. Put simply; if you want beans, then compost plants at the end of season. If you only want to add nitrogen rich green matter to the soil, dig the plants in once flowers are developed, but before fruit begins to form.
17 Jan 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Don't really know what you are getting at here. After a crop has finished, there is not much sense leaving it. Cut down the vine and throw it away (diseased) or chop it up and use as mulch/compost. Dig the soil up and prepare for the next planting. Legumes put N back into the soil so best to plant a leaf crop - lettuce cabbage etc.
19 Dec 17, Hamish Magill (Australia - temperate climate)
Does anyone know on average how many pods you get from a snow pea plant?
19 Dec 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Bit of a guess - from 20-40.
25 Sep 17, ig (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hello, Does anyone know how many times the snowpea plant flowers? Is it for the one season and only once? Or is it several times in the season?
26 Sep 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
From my experience they flower over several weeks / months therefore producing peas for several weeks / months. As they grow taller they flower more.
25 Sep 17, Darren (Australia - temperate climate)
Unlike green peas, snow peas only give one crop, although the fruiting might slightly staggered due to individual growth. Once you harvest the last of the crop, you should see the vines starting to die back. Pull it up.
19 Aug 17, M H (Australia - temperate climate)
Anyone in Melbourne growing carouby de Maussane snowpea?
22 Aug 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I grew mammoth melting snow peas from March this year and plants grew 7' high in my own garden. At the school gardens I grew snow peas from Bunnings and only grew about 3-4' high with heaps of peas. I'm going to try Oregon snow peas from seed next year otherwise it will be the Bunnings seedlings in future.
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