How long does it take sugar snap peas to sprout direct sowing?

CaraRoseApril 30, 2013

I planted my sugar snap peas about two weeks ago. I started some indoors playing around and they sprouted overnight. Outside, nothing. It was chilly for awhile there, so I'm hoping this week of warm weather might trigger them.

How long should I wait before I start worrying about viability and replant?

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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

If it's been chilly two weeks is not unusual. I sowed peas two weeks ago and they are just breaking the surface. You could dig up one pea and check if it has produced a radicle yet.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 11:29AM
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jimster(z7a MA)

Soil temperature makes a big difference in time to germinate. You can measure soil temperature with an inexpensive kitchen thermometer. Note that soil temperature can be quite different from air temperature, either higher or lower.


Here is a link that might be useful: Germination Temperature

This post was edited by jimster on Tue, Apr 30, 13 at 20:01

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 12:20PM
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Agree with previous posts. Here in coastal MA, I planted my Cascadia Peas on April 15. Soil temp was in the fifities. After many years, I have found that planting before the soil warms up a bit is not a productive practice. They are just now all up about an inch. The shady end of my row is a bit slower. Tomorrow, i will set up a row cover over them to discourage various varmints which find them attractive. Peas seem to need cool weather for good pod development, but still need soil that is somewhar warm and friendly for seed germination. Like most of life, a balance of things.
Have fun.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 8:43PM
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Sconticut is right on. I have planted many varieties of green peas in Eastern Oregon, under a wide range of soil/temp conditions. As a rule of thumb I take stand counts 18 to 21 days after planting. Don't be in a hurry to plant sugar snaps. Wait until the soil has warmed to at least 60 degrees F at noon.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 11:44PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

I have just planted some snap peas 3 days ago. On the package it says: TAKE ONE TO TWO WEEKS. We will see. Beans sprout in about 5 days under current weather.

Today I scratched the soil to find out what's happening. They are swollen and are developing sprouts. This is 4 days from sowing. They need two more days to poke out.

This post was edited by seysonn on Mon, Jul 22, 13 at 22:14

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 12:57AM
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My snap peas sprouted within a couple of days after direct sowing. I do not soak my seeds, but I did have them covered in plastic until they sprouted(keeps the soil warmer) I do the same with my carrot seeds and have had some great success(though they take more like a week to germinate).

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 5:11PM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

I did a late planting of both "Sugar Lace" snap peas and "Green Arrow" shelling peas, for a Fall crop. They were planted on July 17th, and the first shoots are breaking ground today, 7 days later. Full emergence should be in another 3-4 days.

In my experience, sugar snaps need warmer soil than most other peas, to get good germination. I had several years of very poor stands when Spring planted, but have much better germination when planted in mid-Summer.

I hope the pair of sandhill cranes that dug up my entire late corn planting doesn't return for the peas. They were just walking out of my rural garden when I drove up... one hour too late. :-0 The DW & I put up a fence today, which will keep out the deer & rabbits... but I'm not sure how much good it will do against pests which can fly!!!

    Bookmark   July 25, 2013 at 12:14AM
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