Growing Non-GMO Oregon Sugar Pod II Snow Pea Vegetable Seeds
- Latin Name: Pisum sativum
- Hardiness Zone: Annual 2-9
- Days to Maturity: 65-70
- Days to Germination: 7-14
- Seeding Depth: 1"
- Plant Spacing: 6-9"
- Row Spacing: 12-24"
- Plant Height: 12-36"
- Growth Habit: Climbing vine
- Soil Preference: Moist, organically rich, well-drained
- Temperature Preference: 55-70 °F
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Pests and Diseases: Although prefers moist soils, susceptible to mildew and mold from oversaturation in poorly drained beds.
- Sugar Pod II Snow Pea Color: Classic bright green pods and seeds
- Sugar Pod II Snow Pea Flavor: Sweet, sugary, crisp and best when eaten fresh
How to Grow Oregon Sugar Pod II Snow Pea from Seed
Pea is ideally suited for direct full sun outdoor sowing as soon as the soil can be worked after the final spring frost. Pea may also be planted at the end of summer for a quick fall harvest. Sow 1” deep and 1-2” apart in organically rich, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0-7.5. Peas can be soaked 4-6 hours in warm water prior to sowing to help germination. Seeds germinate in 7-14 days, thinning out strongest starts to 6-9” apart as true leaves establish. Whether growing English shelling, Chinese snow, or sugar snap, pea cultivation is fairly universal.
Flat snow peas with edible pods such as Oregon Sugar Pod II varieties, are a rich nitrogen source for your soil and boosts the overall health of your garden. Hardy peas are resistant to bacterial diseases such as wilt, downy mildew and pea enation mosaic virus—while helping with the development and flavor of other cool season vegetables.
Grow your lettuce, tomatoes or turnips next to your pea plants and see! This variety of pea is known to remain sweet with glossy texture for an abundant harvesting season. As a bush-type with no-climbing short vines, Oregon Sugar Pod II Peas develop well in containers and thrive in northern regions with cooler conditions.
Oregon Sugar Pod II Snow Pea in the Vegetable Garden
Pea has recently proven to be one of the most versatile and beneficial vegetables in the home garden. A preferred choice for sprouting, microgreens, hydroponics, and cover crops, classic garden pea can be grown year-round both indoors and out. Whether English shelling, snow, or sugar snap, peas grow basically the same and yet offer so much variety. As an overwintering cover crop, pea is popularly sown to replenish essential nitrogen back into depleted soils.
Non-GMO Oregon Sugar Pod II Snow Pea (Pisum sativum) plants grow as dwarf bush-types with nearly no string, reaching their short vines 25-30”. These hardy snow peas are a garden heirloom, producing delicate 4” chartreuse-colored pods that thrive in cooler conditions and northern regions. Your annual vegetable will develop sweet and little sugar peas throughout late spring or early fall. Oregon Sugar Pod II varieties will continue providing flat pods as an abundant crop with vigorous growth.
Harvesting Oregon Sugar Pod II Snow Pea
Most varieties of pea are ready for harvest 60-70 days from sowing. Know the variety you are planting because each will have different signs of ripeness. English shelling peas are the most traditional, having a fibrous, inedible shell and are the fastest to maturity. Sugar snap is the next to mature and has a fibrous, but deliciously edible pod. Snow pea takes the longest to mature and has small seeds and flat, edible pods most notably used in Asian cuisine. Pea pods are sweetest when 2-3” long and should be carefully cut from vine rather than twisted or pulled.
These snow peas have a rich harvesting season as their glossy texture and bright flavor remain fresh for longer. This nearly no-string pea plant will lend its final pair of double-pods once temperatures rise above warm or drop to freezing. This type of pea blooms white and violet-colored flowers, before going to seed.
About Oregon Sugar Pod II Snow Pea Seeds
Pisum sativum. (70 days) Developed by Dr. James Baggett of Oregon State University.
This edible-pod snow pea is not only extra sweet, but an extremely heavy yielder. Pea pods are 4-5", thick and tasty. Vines 24"-34". Oregon Sugar Pod II Pea bears 10 days earlier than Mammoth Melting Sugar Pea. Resistant to both pea enation virus and powdery mildew.
Scott Meyer at Organic Gardening.com says...
"Researchers in Alabama, Oregon and Florida grew a bunch of different snowpea varieties side-by-side, harvested the pods, weighed them and came up with some nicely consistent results: In all three locations, 'Oregon Sugar Pod' (or its more disease-resistant variation, 'Oregon Sugar Pod II') yielded the most pounds of pods. In the state for which it is named, 'Oregon Sugar Pod' produced 8.1 pounds of peas per 12 foot row vs. the 5.1 pounds produced by its closest competitor. In the other two trials, OSP or OSP II outyielded the other varieties by at least 20 percent. The reason for this extraordinary output, explains James Baggett, Ph.D., of Oregon State University, breeder of the productive peas, is that most snowpea plants produce one pod at each "growth node," but the two 'Oregon Sugar Pod' varieties produce two pods per node."
TIP Instead of building a trellis this year for your peas which cost money and uses valuable resources, try planting Cayuse oats instead, for use as a trellis. This will not only produce oats and build biomass in your garden, but it will give your peas something to climb on. Cayuse grows 6' tall and will make an excellent living trellis. Almost like the Indians using corn as a trellis for beans!
Oregon Sugar Pod Snow Peas are sweet heirlooms that can be eaten fresh or cooked. The crisp and delicate 4” flat pods make a perfect rich addition to stir fries or sauteed with sesame oil, lemon, butter and peanuts! As a cold hardy vegetable, these bush-type snow peas are a popular ingredient in Asian cuisine.
Oregon Sugar Pod II Snow Pea Seeds Per Package:
- 25 g - Packet - Approx 80 Seeds
- 4 oz - Wholesale - Approx 360 Seeds
- 1 lb - Wholesale - Approx 1,440 Seeds
- 5 lb - Bulk - Approx 7,200 Seeds
- 25 lb - Bulk - Approx 36,000 Seeds
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