Snap Pea, 'Sugar Snap'

Sugar snap needs no introduction! Bred by visionary pea breeder Calvin Lamborn at Gallatin Valley Seed in the 1970s, it introduced the public to a whole new class of pea, the edible-podded snap pea. Few even bother to argue that it is still the best tasting, over 40 years later. Vigorous 5-6’ vines start cranking out the peas just as “Cascadia” starts falling off. Early summer just wouldn't be the same without Sugar Snap. Due to years of neglectful production and processing, this variety had become heavily contaminated in the industry about a decade ago to the extent that we were seeing up to 30+% off-types (snow and shelly types) in what was commercially available. We did the work to shore up the purity of this variety years ago and have been reselecting annually since 2014. We're proud to sell what we feel to have been best seed available for the better part of the last decade. The variety's only weakness is a lack of resistance to mildew for areas where that is a problem.
70-80 days. UO

Packet: 1oz


Product Code: PEA-SS-pkt

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Growing Info

SOWING: Seeds can be sown as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring. Some people try to push the season even earlier by sowing in flats indoors and transplanting, but we are not those kinds of people (peas don't love to be transplanted). Direct seeding is strongly recommended. Note: fully saturated cold soil can cause big fleshy seeds like peas to rot, so waiting for a dryish spell in regions that see a lot of precipitation in the early spring (like here in the PNW) is recommended for good emergence.


SPACING: 6-8 seeds per linear foot (thinning further is not generally needed)

EMERGENCE: 5-14 days @ soil temp 50-75F

LIGHT: Full sun to part shade

FERTILITY: Low to medium. Peas (and other legumes) are able to produce their own usable nitrogen from atmospheric nitrogen through a symbiotic relationship with bacteria that colonize specialized nodules in their roots. Too much soil fertility can cause excessive vegetative growth at the expense of pod set. High nitrogen can also produce more disease susceptible plants.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: Climbing varieties to 3' or higher should be trellised with wire fencing or hemmed in with twine stretched between vertical posts for support. Dwarf varieties can be grown in strips to "self support".

It can be quite beneficial to mix pea seed with commercially available bacterial "inoculants" to encourage the beneficial symbiotic relationship in the growing plant's root nodules, especially if growing on ground that hasn't been planted with peas before. They can increase yields and improve plant health. In gardens or fields where peas have been grown regularly, there are often adequate populations of the beneficial bacteria already present and inoculant isn't necessary.

Seed stats

Packet sows approx 6-8 ft