Sugar Ann

Sugar Ann

4.5 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)


  • Incredibly sweet
  • Crisp, tasty 6cm (2″) pods
  • Resistant to pea enation and powdery mildew
  • Open-pollinated seeds
  • Matures in 56 days

Product Description

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Extra early, incredibly sweet snap peas on short, 60cm (2′) vines that don’t require trellising. Sugar Ann snap pea seeds are an excellent choice for smaller garden spaces. The bushy plants produce crisp, tasty, 6cm (2″) pods, and have excellent resistance to pea enation virus and powdery mildew. Sugar Ann was the 1984 AAS Winner, and also received the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. It has been a stand-by snap pea for West Coast Seeds for decades. If you’re short on space, this is the pea for you – they can even be grown in larger containers.

Matures in 56 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

How to Grow Peas

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

How to Grow Peas
Since you cannot purchase shelling peas or edible pod peas that are freshly picked, this is one vegetable every home garden should have. The peas in the pod taste sweetest right after they have been picked (while you’re still in the garden!). Follow along with this handy How to Grow Peas Guide and grow food.

Pisum sativum
Family: Fabaceae


We Recommend: Little Marvel (PE605) is a compact, bushy pea variety that only grows a couple of feet tall. Then the pods come and they can be harvested over a window of about three weeks. The peas have a satisfying, fresh flavour and they freeze particularly well, so it’s an economical crop for winter use.
For Urban Gardeners: Surprise your guests by serving a salad of pea microgreens using Dwarf Grey Sugar (PE592). Harvest the seedlings at about 4 inches tall, while they are still tender and crunchy – try them with a simple vinaigrette dressing!

Peas prefer cool weather. Plant as early in spring as the soil can be worked, from mid-Feburary to the end of May. After April 1, sow varities that are listed as being enation resistant if you live in an area where aphids carry the enation virus. Sow again from July to mid-August for a fall crop. The success of a fall crop will depend on the weather. Optimal soil temperature: 10-20°C (50-70°F). Seeds should sprout in 7-14 days.

Soaking seeds is not advised for damp soils. Use a seed inoculant and sow seed 2cm (1″) deep. After April 15th, sow seed 5cm (2″) deep. Space seeds 2-7cm (1-3″) apart in the row. Do not thin. If the seeds fail to sprout, try to dig some up and check for rot or insect damage. The challenge with untreated pea seeds is to give them an early start but to avoid rot.

Use well-drained soil amended with finished compost. Add 2 cups of rock phosphate or bonemeal for 3m (10′) of row. Plant most varieties along a trellis or fence for support as they climb.

Pick when pods fill out and peas are bright green. Make multiple sowings or grow several varieties to extend the harvest season.

How to Blanch Peas
Peas of all kinds freeze particularly well for use in the fall and winter. Prior to freezing, it’s important to briefly submerge peas in boiling water — this kills the natural enzymes that exist in peas that would otherwise reduce the nutrients and cause the peas to break down over time. We recommend using a large pot of water at a rolling boil, and a colander or sieve for dipping. Timing is everything. For snap and snow peas, dip the whole pods into boiling water for exactly two minutes, and then transfer the pods to a bowl of ice water. For shelled peas, ninety seconds is perfect. Use a timer. After ninety seconds, transfer the peas to a bowl of ice water. All peas (and pods) should then be dried thoroughly on kitchen towels before being stored in zip-top or vacuum bags, with as little air as possible in each bag.

Diseases & Pests
If plants turn yellow and wither from the ground up just after flowering, you have pea root rot from a soil fungus. It infects the plant in early spring when the soil is very wet. Prevent it by delaying planting until the soil is drier and by using finished compost when you plant. Rotate peas into new areas each year without repeating an area for 3-4 years. Pea enation disease is a Coastal virus disease spread by the green peach aphid. It ends flowering and causes pods to become warty and misshapen.

The pea moth is a sporadic and usually inconspicuous pest. The tiny brown moth flutters around when the flowers are just opening, and lays it eggs on the immature seed pod. The damage the caterpillar does not mean you can’t eat the rest of the peas in the pod. The larva is a tiny caterpillar with a black head, which feeds inside the seedpod and overwinters in the soil. There is one generation per year across Canada. In the pea-growing areas of the lower Fraser Valley in British Columbia, releases of two parasites have provided partially effective biological control. In general, processing and fresh-market pea crops should not be grown in areas with dry (seed) pea or seed vetch crops. After harvest, all remaining pods and vines should be destroyed by ensiling, feeding or deep cultivating.

Companion Planting
Superb companions for beans, carrots, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, parsley, peppers. potatoes, radish, spinach, strawberries and turnips. Avoid planting peas near onions.

More on Companion Planting.

Our friend Rebecca at Abundant City has some great tips for growing peas, including the application of seed inoculant. Check out her video below.

4 reviews for Sugar Ann

  1. 3 out of 5


    Let me first say that this season has been terrible for peas. Bush peas refused to germinate, and the Sugar Ann’s did not fair much better. My germination was approximately 45-60%. That being said, the peas that did come up proved to be nice, compact vines closer to bush peas than vines. On average we harvested between 8 and 12 pods per plant. Taste was good without being exceptional. Perhaps I was expecting something a little sweeter. The pods held up well under challenging conditions and perhaps the weather was the cause of slightly tough pods. Still, far, far superior than what you can get on a commercial level.

  2. 5 out of 5


    These snap peas were so easy and have been producing all year. I planted them pretty early (March/April) and by June we were enjoying the pods. The longer you leave them, the fatter/rounder the pods get, the sweeter they taste. It’s late-August now and the same plants are still producing, though they have died off some. I also planted another batch in mid-July and they are taking off too. One thing to note: I planted two sets of peas. One in my garden, with really good soil/compost, and then I also planted some in pots, with regular potting soil and a bit of compost. The potted plants produced just a little bit, and only grew about 1/3 of the size of the garden-planted peas. I’m not sure if it’s the pot, or the soil that made the difference, but I’m guessing it’s the soil because all of my veggies in the garden did really well. (A neighbour said my broccoli (Nutra Bud) looked professional quality!)

  3. 5 out of 5


    This is my second year at this and my first doing snap peas. I planted them in containers (3′ high x 2′ across) on April 7…it’s now June 28 (13th week) and they are producing big fat delicious peas….my 8 yr old can’t pass them without picking a few and popping them in her mouth…

  4. 5 out of 5


    this variety of snap peas is excellent! I started it as early as mid February and they started producing peas in April. they continued producing more and more peas ever since, and they are still doing fine even with the lack of rain these couple of weeks. their lower leaves turned yellow, but otherwise the plants are fine. I tried growing them in pots and they performed excellently!
    However I do recommend trellising them as they tumble about a lot!

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.