Beauregarde Snow Pea Growing Guide

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Pisum sativum

DAYS TO MATURITY

60+ days, depending on planting date

FIELD NOTES

  • Soil Requirements: Well-drained soil, with optimal pH of 6.0 to 7.0.
  • Beyond their striking appearance, purple peas have stronger defense against stress in the field and a high anthocyanin content. This line has also been selected to hold its color through cooking.

SPACING

  • Plant Spacing: 1-2”
  • Row Spacing: 4' trellised

DIRECT SEEDING

  • Sow seeds 1” deep, when soil reaches 45 ̊F. Do not thin.
  • Prefers cooler temperatures. Sow additional plantings every two weeks for continued harvest until the weather warms to 70 degrees. For fall harvest, sow 8-10 weeks before first frost date.
  • 7-14 days to emergence, slower in cold soil.
  • Install trellis net or chicken wire at planting for strong plant growth and easy harvest.

TRANSPLANTING

Not recommended

PEST + DISEASE INFO

Diseases: Use well-drained soil and crop rotation to avoid pea root rot (Fusarium sp./Aphanomyces euteiches). This variety is susceptible to powdery mildew late in the season.

CONTAINER GROWING

Peas can be grown in a sturdy container with a trellis.

HARVEST

3”-long, wavy, dark purple peas. For peak flavor, we recommend waiting to harvest until small peas are visible in the pods, past traditional snow pea size. Bumps should be clearly pronounced: more than a traditional snow pea, less than a shelling pea.

STORAGE

Store whole and dry under plastic in refrigeration. Peas will store up to one week maintaining crispness and flavor. Good for freezing and canning.

SEED SPECS

Average 125 seeds/ounce; 2,000 seeds/pound