Snap Pea, Edible-podded Pea 'Sugar Snap'

Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pisum (PEES-um) (Info)
Species: sativum var. macrocarpon
Cultivar: Sugar Snap




Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Fall/Early Winter





Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Madison, Alabama

Waddell, Arizona

Chula Vista, California

Galt, California

Merced, California

Oakland, California

Pioneer, California

Solana Beach, California

Kissimmee, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Williston, Florida

Lewiston, Idaho

Jacksonville, Illinois

Danville, Indiana

Silver Spring, Maryland

Efland, North Carolina

Vinton, Ohio

Spencer, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon (2 reports)

Barnwell, South Carolina

Lenoir City, Tennessee

Arp, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Kalama, Washington

Olympia, Washington

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 4, 2015, peter1142 from SE NY, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

8'+ tall vines, nice yield, best taste. Kept producing in 85 degree weather and lasted into late July.

The trick to a good harvest is to plant them very thickly (1-2" spacing) and don't thin. The yields are small per plant.


On Mar 28, 2013, NicoleC from Madison, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

64 days from direct seed to harvest. Produces a good tasting fruit but was has not been very productive in either year I grew them.


On Aug 20, 2012, crisslyon from Arp, TX wrote:

The first three years I grew these they exploded and they were coming out of my ears. I'd send the kids out to pick and they'd wind up grazing like cattle and come back with only handfuls too full for dinner. I then moved to a location that had clay soil which apparently is not good for these. Last year I had a horrible drought and only got a handful from a 50' row and this year I had soaking rains and they turned a nasty color yellow, again only a handful. Because of my poor soil I have gone to raised beds and I expect to be once again up to my ears in peas this fall and winter.


On Sep 20, 2011, BambooSue from Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Every time I harvested, none of these seemed to make it to the kitchen. They'd get eaten while I was still in the garden. I also loved the new growth of the leaves (tender and nutty, but not spicy like arugula), which probably explains why mine never got very tall.

For this one plant, I am my own garden pest. Going to plant more next year so I won't graze it down so badly.


On Jun 10, 2007, haas9359 from Lewiston, ID wrote:

I am a mere first time gardener and these have done beautifully even with my inexperienced hand. Just yesterday I picked a bunch of pods which were crisp, tender and sweet enough to eat raw. In fact, despite my best intentions, none of them ended up in the dish they were planned for... eaten out of hand instead.


On Apr 24, 2005, Kameha from Kissimmee, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

These are such an easy veggie to grow. Just provide them with a trellis, some organic matter in the soil, and water and they just zoom right up even in chilly weather (which they prefer). We grow them in late fall and winter down here in Florida and they produce wonderfully. They provide their own nitrogen with nitrogen fixing bacteria like all legumes so don't worry about feeding them with a fertilizer containing nitrogen. I got 5 huge crops from my pea vines before high winds blew them over and I had to remove them. The dead vines are wonderful fertilizer if you turn them under the soil...they release lots of nitrogen. They also make good organic mulch dried.


On Jan 4, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is the original snap pea and still the best one that I have grown. Holds for a long time before becoming tough and fibrous. (70 day) Its only disadvantage is the humongous vines. Trellis is an absolute necessity. Introduced in 1979 by Novartis/Gallatin Valley.


On Nov 3, 2000, dave wrote:

Sugar snap peas are one of my favorite vegetables to grow. Indeterminate, these will grow and grow and grow until you pinch off the tops to encourage fruit production.

I usually let them get about 6 feet tall before pinching. Make sure that they have good support, backing them up against some lattice, or putting a cage around them.

The pods get fairly fat and about 4 inches in length. They are intended to be eaten whole-pod. Just trip the ends off and you're ready to eat. I think they are delicious both uncooked and cooked.