How to Plant Snap Peas


Snap peas, also known as sugar peas, are picked from the vine before the peas are fully mature. Early picked snap peas have light green pods that are flexible and crispy, and the peas inside the pod are small. Snap peas can be eaten raw, stir fried or steamed. Snap peas can tolerate higher temperatures than garden peas, according to the county extension office of the University of Florida, allowing repeated plantings of snap peas throughout the growing season. Peas of all varieties can be planted as soon as the soil is workable, which may be in early April.

Step 1

Till the soil to a depth of at least 8 inches using a shovel or rototiller.

Step 2

Push seeds into the ground 1 to 2 inches deep. Space the seeds 1 to 4 inches apart with rows spaced 18 inches apart. Snap peas will germinate in 7 to 14 days. The first planting can be made in April and a second planting in another area of the garden in May for a continuous supply. Snap peas can reach maturity in 60 to 70 days.

Step 3

Build or buy a sturdy trellis for the snap peas to keep the vines off the ground. Snap peas will grow 2 to 3 feet tall and need a strong support that reaches at least 3 feet high. Support can be built from chicken wire or strong cord strung at 6-inch interval between posts pounded into the ground at least 18 inches. Alternatively, store-bought wood or vinyl trellises can be used to support the snap peas, but the trellises must run the length of the planting.

Step 4

Water after planting. Keep the soil moist, which may mean watering weekly if there is no rainfall. In particularly hot and sunny periods that dry out soil, more frequent watering may be needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel or rototiller
  • Trellis


  • University of Illinois Extension: Peas
  • University of Florida Extension: Pea, Snap
  • Cornell University: Growing Guide---Peas
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