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Opal Creek

Opal Creek Snap Pea

(70 days) Open-pollinated. From a cross between Golden Sweet snow pea and tall Sugarsnap comes a new color for sugarsnaps!

In her classic Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties Carol Deppe tells how Kapuler created this tasty yellow snap pea, named in honor of the beautiful Opal Creek Wilderness Area in the Willamette National Forest in Oregon.

Visitors to CR’s trials in Colrain, Mass., enjoyed sampling these slender yellow pods and agreed Opal is a keeper. Harvest began July 10 from an Apr. 30 sowing. 5–6' vines require staking.

Unlike most snap peas harvest when the pods are partially filled out but before they fatten fully and get a little tough. Mild and not as sweet as most sugarsnap varieties, with a silky smooth texture and a pleasantly crunchy flavor, the immature pods are great in salads and out of hand. Breeder Royalties. BACK!

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896A: 2oz for $3.60  
896B: 8oz for $14.00  
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896D: 5lb for $120.00   ($114.00)
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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.


  • 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.