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Snow Pea - Oregon Sugar Pod II

Snow Pea - Oregon Sugar Pod II

Pisum sativum

Small vines grow 24-30" tall and produce smooth 4" edible pods. Peas freeze well with no loss of color or flavor. Resistance to mosaic virus, powdery mildew and wilt makes it a great selection for fall planting.   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.>

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Average Seed / oz Seed / 100' Row Average Yield / 100' Row Days to Harvest
110 6 oz 20 lbs 68
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
Direct Seed 1/2" 2" 60
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
2-3" 6-14 Annual 4-6 years

Bed Preparation

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.

Planting

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

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.

Seed Saving

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.

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