Large, sweet snow peas, both purple and green! We love how easy it is to trellis (or not trellis) these 2 to 3-foot vines, cascading vivid pods with a glorious crunch. About half the pods are bright emerald green, half are deep burgundy purple and you’ll find a few beautifully variegated both colors…those are our favorite…!
Compact 2.5 to 3-foot vines make Spotlight Snow Pea perfect for containers or small gardens. Even in our large gardens, we always plant them to enjoy several weeks ahead of the full-size snap peas, so the combination of the two makes for 5+ weeks of glorious pea harvest.
Early maturity also makes Spotlight Snow Pea an ideal fall pea: sow in late July or early August for a harvest at the end of September of pods sweet as can be. (Pods that develop in the cool temperatures of fall convert many of their starches into sugar and they are even sweeter than any summer pea!) For a wider spectrum of pea pizazz try our Organic Spotlight Snow Pea Medley.
We are grateful for Cornell University sharing with us such scrumptious peas, Epistro and Merlot, and are humbled to remember and uplift untold generations of brilliant indigenous humxns co-adapting with peas across time immemorial. We ‘save’ these seeds to share with you and we hope you will, too! As well as (y)our great-great-great grandchildren.
Planting Method: Direct Sow Only
When to sow: As soon as soil may be worked; or late summer (early/mid-August) for fall harvest
Sowing and seedling care: Sow 1-1.5 inches apart and do not thin. Dwarf peas are ideal for 2 gallon containers & (optional) trellis is helpful. Fall plantings are best with dwarves (rather than full-size varieties).
Seed Depth: 1 inch Sun Needs: Full
Days to Germination: 9 at 75°F(24°C); 15 at 45°F (7°C)
Spacing after thinning: 1-1.5 inches
Days to Harvest: 58-66
Height: 2.5-3 feet
Harvest: Pick frequently to increase harvest.