“Little Crunch” Snap Peas
“Little Crunch” Snap Peas are a great addition to any edible garden. Plants produce thick pods which deliver a big crunch when you bite into them. Peas also have a pleasant flavor. These are spring vegetables which will take a little frost but don’t like the heat of summer. These are low-maintenance plants which prefer consistent moisture to perform at their peak.
5 Helpful Points:
- 2-2.5″ pods which are thicker than traditional snap pea pods
- 50-60+ pods per 10 gallon grow bag
- Great for fresh eating and snacking
- Full sun preferred
- Frost tolerant. Cool-season plants
When to expect ready-to-eat pea pods
Ready-to-eat peas can be expected from the beginning of May until the heat of summer (typically end of June). These plants will also grow in the late summer for a fall harvest.
“Little Crunch” Snap Peas grow on vining plants. Plants are container varieties and will average 2′ to 2 1/2′ in overall height. Each plant will produce 3-5 pods during its lifecycle. From our experience with these plants, they tend to repeat two flower/fruit cycles throughout their lifespan. Vines will produce tendrils (thread-like curly part) which will encircle objects to support their weight and growth. Pea flowers are white and maroon and self-pollinating.
Basic care information for “Little Crunch” Snap Pea plants
Thoroughly saturate the grow bag with water in the morning before the heat of the day arrives. If daytime highs are consistently above 70F, your plant will need to be watered daily. If below 70F, check the grow bag frequently by using the finger method described on the bag tag. Apply water to the base of the plant and avoid splashing water onto any part of the leaves.
Use a cage, trellis, suspended string or some other type of mechanical device to give the plants something to grab onto. Otherwise, they’ll grab a hold of each other and create a tangled mess (think of the hopelessly tangled Christmas light strand)!
Recipe to try with “Little Crunch” Snap Peas
Here’s a recipe you may enjoy with sugar snap peas and mint
Check out MEG’s Edible Knowledge Base for more information on peas.