Green pods are tinted with a distinctive raspberry pink color while offering the same alluring bi-colored flowers, vigorous vines and ornate hyper tendrils like Sugar Magnolia and Opal Creek all developed from the same breeder, Alan Kapuler Ph.D. Sugar snaps were first developed in the 1950’s from a cross of a snow pea and shell pea; over sixty years later we now have these delightful, diverse varieties for us to grow and enjoy in our gardens. We love to grow them all at the same time for a colorful array of delicious snap peas.
Germination: 7-14 Days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 55-70 degrees F.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1” deep
Outside Sowing: Early spring with soil temperatures reaches at least 50 degrees F. Sow 1-2” apart. Cooler soil temperatures increase germination time, along with a potential for the seed to rot, especially if it is wet soil. Sow two months before last frost date for smaller fall harvests.
How much does a packet plant: 8-10 foot single row
Harvest: Sugar snaps - when they are plump. Snow peas - when they are young, starting at 1-2” and peas are underdeveloped. Shelling peas - when pods are plump and filled out, before they fade or harden. Pea shoots - snip off the top 4-6” of the vine. Pick continually every 1-2 days to prolong production.
Tips: For tall varieties put trellis up when you plant the peas. Grow in light, well-drained soil, provide adequate, even moisture, especially at flowering time. Do not over fertilize with nitrogen which results in a surplus of foliage and low, delayed pod growth. Adding inoculant at planting time aids in a larger harvest and more robust plants.