Snow Pea - Dwarf Grey Sugar
Pisum sativumHEIRLOOM -A very old heirloom currently enjoying fame for tasty, tender pea shoots. Attractive purple blossoms produce 3" sweet slender pods. 24-36" tall plants may need support. Well known in Chinese and other Asian cuisine dishes and are also delicious raw in salads or on a crudité plate. The edible pods are only tender before the peas have fully developed. Harvest when pods are still mostly flat.
|Average Seed / oz||Seed / 100' Row||Average Yield / 100' Row||Days to Harvest|
|110||6 oz||20 lbs||66|
|Planting Season||Ideal Soil Temp||Sun||Frost Tolerance|
|Spring/Summer||50-75°F||Full Sun||Lightly Tolerant|
|Sowing Method||Seed Depth||Direct Seed Spacing||Seeds Per Packet|
|Mature Spacing||Days to Sprout||Production Cycle||Seed Viability|
Peas are lightly frost tolerant, cool weather annuals that prefer full sun, although they will tolerate partial shade. Plant peas in well-drained soil that is high in organic matter. Avoid high nitrogen fertilizer which will promote lush foliage at the expense of flowers and fruits.
Direct seed peas outdoors in early spring and late summer for a fall crop. Seeds germinate best when soil is 40-85˚F. Sow seeds ½-2" deep and 2” apart. Seeds will sprout in 6-14 days. Most peas are more productive if given a fence or trellis to climb.
To increase harvest window, plant successions of peas from early spring to mid-May.
Harvest snow/snap peas when pods are still tender and peas immature. Harvest shelling peas when pods are fully fleshed out. If in doubt, taste pods in different stages of maturity to determine best flavor.
Like most legumes, peas are a self-pollinating annual with perfect flowers. Cross-pollination is unlikely, but it's prudent to leave at least 20 feet between varieties. To encourage optimal pod development, water very little and don't feed the seed plants or pick from them for eating. At the end of the season, pick the pods when they have turned crisp and brown. With bush-types, the whole bush can be uprooted and hung upside down to dry. Leave the seeds in the pod until very dry, then crush pods to release seed and winnow away the chaff to clean.