Dwarf Gray Sugar Pod
60 to 70 days — The plants are compact, somewhat bushy, growing between twelve to twenty-four inches in height. Although they do not typically require staking, some support is beneficial
as it keeps the developing pods off of the ground and makes picking
easier. 'Dwarf Gray Sugar Pod' is relatively productive. Its beautiful bi-colored flowers develop into nice, sweet pods that stay tender well after the peas start filling out the pods.
Can be harvested immature and used as "snow" peas or left to allow the peas to fill out and used as a snap pea. At this later stage, they will develop strings which are easily removed through the old-time ritual of snapping or stringing. Makes a good addition salads and
Snap peas with similar descriptions date as far back as the late 1700s. 'Dwarf Grey Sugar Pod' was commercially introduced by D. M. Ferry & Company
sometime prior to their 1881 catalog but after their 1875 edition. In 1881 they state that is it a, "new variety
" and continue declaring it to be, "The most desirable of all the edible pod peas.
" Within a few years, many of the seed companies of the time began listing this variety.
[Tip: Here on the farm, orchard pruning time closely coincides with pea
planting time. This means there there is always ample material for pea
support. We simply poke twigs into the ground along the pea row and
they grow up through them.]
Each ounce is approximately 180 seeds, which is generally enough to plant at least a ten foot row.