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Snap pea    

Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon

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.

Snap peas differ from snow peas in that their edible pods are round, as opposed to snow peas, whose pods are flat.

Blooms normally display as a colour very similar to   Floral white. The mature flowers take a single hose-in-hose form, with an approximate petal count of 2. Its fruits normally ripen as a colour very similar to   Forest green (web). Leaves usually appear in   Ao green

It is a flowering 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 Daddy and Sugar Ann.

Snap pea is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Snap pea have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Snap pea

  • Partial Sun

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Try to plant in a location that enjoys partial sun / full sun and remember to water moderately. Snap pea needs a loamy soil with a ph of 5.5 to 6.5 (weakly acidic soil). Snap pea is generally regarded as a half hardy plant, so although it can survive a small mild cold snap, it is wise to ensure that this plant is protected from frost damage.

See our list of companion Plants for Snap pea to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Snap pea from seed

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 .

Transplanting Snap pea

does not transplant well. will turn brown from bottom up if transplanted.

Snap pea is half hardy, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside - as a guideline, the minimum temperature outside should be approximately 13°C / 55°F.

Harvesting Snap pea

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.

Seed Saving Snap pea

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

Seed viability is three years.

How long does Snap pea take to grow?

These estimates for how long Snap pea takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take Snap pea to germinate?
11 days

Average 11 days | Min 2 days | Max 29 days (582)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Snap pea?
+ 18 days

Average 18 days | Min 2 days | Max 47 days (35)

Days to Maturity How long until Snap pea is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 78 days

Average 78 days | Min 15 days | Max 172 days (103)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow Snap pea?
= 107 days

When should I plant Snap pea?

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!

When to sow The number of days to sow Snap pea before or after your last frost date.
42 days before Last Frost Date

Other names for Snap pea

Mangetout pea, Chinese pea, Sugar snap pea, Guisante azucarado, Sugar snap peas

Pisum sativum macrocarpon

Latest Snap pea Reviews

  • Removed for relining of bed.

    0 stars

    JAP about growing pisum sativum var. macrocarpon Snowpea??
  • These peas are sweet and crisp. They need to be on a trellis. I planted a double row, close together but they didn’t support each other. I added a string trellis. Next time, use a sturdier trellis.

    4 stars

    JAmber about growing Snap pea 'Cascadia'
  • These are a good addition to a garden as they are great straight from the vine in salads or as a snack. Have a mild bell pepper flavor. Great dipped in ranch dressing still in the pod.

    5 stars

    FaithAbounds about growing Snap pea 'Sugar Daddy'

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1 :The New Seed-starters Handbook; Published 1988

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