Snap pea is a member of the Pisum family. Its botanical name is Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon. The scientific name epithet sativum means 'having been cultivated'.
A cool season vegetable grown in spring or fall for its edible shoots and pea pods. A climbing plant that does best on a trellis.
Blooms normally display as a colour very similar to Floral white. The mature flowers take a single form, with an approximate petal count of 2. Its fruits normally ripen as a colour very similar to Apple green. Leaves usually appear in Ao green colour. It is an edible vegetable that typically grows as an annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. Snap pea normally grows to a climber habit with a max height of 5.04 feet (that's 1.55 metres metric). This plant tends to mature and be ready for harvest in early summer. Popular varieties of Snap pea with home gardeners are Stringless Sugar Snap, Super Sugar Snap, Cascadia, Sugar Ann, and Sugar Sprint.
Snap peas differ from snow peas in that their edible pods are round, as opposed to snow peas, whose pods are flat.
Snap pea is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!
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for best results sow directly outdoors in early to mid spring.Sow 0.99 inches (2.54 cm) deep with a guideline distance of 2.97 inches (7.62 cm). For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of 4°C / 39°F.
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Snap pea about 42 days before your last frost date .
does not transplant well. will turn brown from bottom up if transplanted.
The pods may be harvested and eaten whole when young. The top 6" of each shoot may be harvested avery 2-4 weeks and stirfried as a green or used in salads.
Leave the pods on the plant until they are dry. If frost threatens, remove whole plant and hang to dry. Shell or thresh to remove seeds. 1
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Snap pea so consider planting:
carrots, corn, turnip, radish, cucumber, tomatoes, spinach, lettuce and potatoes.
These plants will not grow well with Snap pea so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Snap pea plants:
Mangetout pea, Chinese pea, Sugar snap pea, Guisante azucarado, Sugar snap peas
Pisum sativum macrocarpon
20 Feb 2013
An excellent pea. Prolific and flavourful.
04 Feb 2013
Must be sown inside w/ bagged mix in Z9 TX.
Outdoor sowings: Sown early they rot, Sown at recommended time eaten by cutworms & birds, Sown later to avoid cutworms couldn’t yield before heat hits.
02 Sep 2012
They were tasty, although not very prolific. The seed was old, though.
31 Jul 2012
Delicious and productive over a very long season
18 Jun 2012
About 5% of the pods were green snap peas… Weeded them out today.
Snap pea care instructions
How long does Snap pea take to grow?
Our when to plant Snap pea estimates are relative to your last frost date. Enter your frost dates and we'll calculate your sowing and planting dates for you!
1 :The New Seed-starters Handbook; Published 1988