A classic Snow Pea that lives up to its name, can be used as cut flowers
Mammoth Melting Snap Pea pods are used like snow pea pods. The thick, stringless, 4"-5" flat edible pods encase creamy-white seeds. It is a high yielding, early, uniform and wilt-resistant variety. The pods are excellent for stir-frying, steaming, freezing, or eating fresh. Mammoth Melting pea vines produce white blossoms that are beautiful enough to use as cut flowers.Fabaceae Pisum sativum
The name snow peas may come from the whitish tint reflected from the pods, or because of their tendency to grow at the end of winter, just before the last spring freeze. As their name suggests, they can be covered with snow during these times, but still keep growing.
The thin crisp pods are nearly translucent and bright green, with tiny seeds. The whole pod is edible and quite sweet when picked at the right time.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 62-75 (Spring/Summer), 62-75 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
Peas are very frost tolerant.
- Spring Transplant, Spring, Summer, Fall Transplant, Fall
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
Peas are cool weather plants, hardy down to 20 degrees (28 degrees F when flowering). They prefer mild temperatures (55 to 75 degrees F) and don't usually set pods above 80 degrees F. In areas with hot summers they are grown as a spring or fall crop (fall planting presents its own problems however).
It is important to plant your peas early, so that they have enough time to mature before the hot weather sets in. Normally the first peas are planted 2 to 4 weeks before the last frost date.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 45°F - 75°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Pea seeds will germinate over a wide temperature range, but do so much faster in warm soil. At 40˚F they may take over a month to germinate (if they don’t rot or get eaten in the meantime). At 70˚F they may take only a week.
These large nutritious seeds are vulnerable once planted, so you don't want them sitting in the soil for too long. For this reason it's best to wait until the soil is at least 45 degrees and preferably 60 degrees.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cool)
Peas should get about one inch of water per week. In cool spring weather peas will usually get enough water from rainfall so you don't have to irrigate. Watering at this time may encourage mildew and can actually reduce yields. If the soil starts to get dry at any time you must start watering. This is particularly important from the time the flowers appear, as water is needed for pod formation and maturation.
Low nitrogen. Low potassium. Low phosphorous.
Peas aren't very hungry plants.
- Tolerates light frost
- Small Gardens?
It is possible to grow peas in fairly deep containers (at least 8"), but they won't be very productive. To increase productivity, increase the amount of compost tea you give your plant, especially during flowering and fruiting.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Sweet and tender.