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Sugar Ann

Sugar Ann Snap Pea OG

(58 days) 1983 Silver All-America winner bred by Calvin Lamborn and named for one of his daughters. Very popular both with home gardeners and commercial growers. The earliest snap pea, ripening in Central Maine around June 20, earlier in warmer areas, when customers are still excited about peas and greedy to purchase them in quantity. Alan LePage says good timing is crucial for optimal root development early in the season, the key to high yields. If you sow early into cool soil with good organic matter and your soil doesn’t heat up too fast, they produce bushels and bushels well into July and can command up to $8 per lb. He has sown as early as Mar. 18 in a warm spring, Apr. 11 this past cool year. Very good quality, sweetest of the dwarf snap peas. Not as heavy-yielding as tall Sugarsnap. Use the 2' vines to start the season. Allow extra space between rows if you do not stake. Still has a small percentage of off-types. Resistant to W.
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Edible Podded Peas

Pisum sativum 2 oz packet sows 25 ft. 1 lb sows 200 ft.

Culture: Peas are legumes with moderate fertility requirements. Avoid excess nitrogen: they can fix their own. Use Legume Inoculant as an aid. They prefer cool, moist weather and dislike dry heat. Sow as early as ground can be worked for best yields. All peas produce more when staked; varieties over 2½' must be supported. Use either Trellis Plus or chicken wire. Install support at planting time to avoid disturbing seedlings. Plant 8–10 seeds/ft on each side of supports in double rows. Set supports for rows 3' apart (5' if very tall varieties).

Harvest snow peas before pods fill out. Don’t pick snap peas too soon: snaps taste sweetest when completely filled. Young snow and snap plants can be eaten as greens, good in mesclun or lightly cooked. To serve pea shoots, remove the coarse tendrils and break the stalk into 3" pieces each with some leaves.

Not well adapted to southern climates where the spring heats up too quickly. Pam Dawling in Virginia has great success with Sugar Ann but cannot grow the tall longer-season Sugarsnap in her climate. Smooth-seeded peas germinate better in colder soils than wrinkle-seeded peas, but are not as sweet. Minimal soil temperature for pea seed germination: 40°. Optimal range 50–75°, optimal temp 75°. Emergence takes 14 days at 50°, 9 days at 59°, only 6 days at 77°. Dawling suggests that forsythia flowering signals time to sow snap and snow peas.

Diseases:

  • F: Fusarium
  • PEMV: Pea Enation Mosaic Virus
  • PM: Powdery Mildew
  • PSV: Pea Streak Virus
  • W: Common Wilt race 1

Powdery mildew looks like someone sprinkled talcum powder over the vines. It spreads rapidly when picking occurs in hot dry weather. Pick in early morning while the dew is still on the foliage to slow its spread and ensure best flavor. To combat the fungus, try Actinovate. Fusarium causes vines to dry out, yellow, then brown and die. As a preventive, always sow peas on well-drained soil. Fusarium-infested soils are said to be pea sick. Do not save seed from plants afflicted with fusarium, which can be seed-borne. Rotate out of legumes for at least 4 years. Brassicas, especially mustards, are good disease-suppressant successions.