Top Pea Tips

Snow Peas* (Pisum sativum) are particularly easy to grow either in the classroom or outside as they germinate and grow quickly and you can watch the peas developing inside the pod. They produce a final product that can be counted, measured and eaten! They are delicious whole and are juicy, sweet, crisp and crunchy. What’s more, they are quite hardy, so if you plant them in February or March (they tolerate a bit of frost), they should be ready to harvest and use by the end of the Summer Term.

Germination: 5-7 days.
Flowering: 11-12 weeks.
Fruit: 15-16 weeks.

Ideas for planting

In the classroom
• Make some newspaper pots by following our video instructions.
• Fill them with compost and place them in a tray or on a mat that can be kept moist.
• Place one Snow Pea seed in each pot.
Be careful not to overwater as they will not like that. These can then be planted outside later on.
If you want to see the roots developing, place them in a transparent plastic bag.
This way you can measure their rate of growth and/or compare it with other seeds – see Maths Links.

Clickbelow to see our video showing how to make plant pots from old newspapers:

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Plant outside (from March on)
• Place the Snow Pea seeds in pots as above or directly into the ground along with a little compost.
• Make sure they remain watered in dry weather. NB Snow Peas have tendrils to attach themselves as they grow, so you will need to provide some sticks or netting for them to cling to.
• Get the children to design a framework for their peas and later think about which one worked best.
• Take photographs of your Snow Pea seeds as they develop. If you do so each day, you can make a video of your plants growing by using Windows Movie Maker or similar software.

Maths Links

Measure the roots, shoots or first leaves as they develop. This can be recorded by older children and plotted on a graph to show rates of growth.
• Count and weigh your Snow Peas before you plant them and do the same when you pick the pods so you have an ‘overall yield’ from your peas. Design a package and sell them to parents or staff.
• They are delicious cooked or in a salad. Research how to serve them or ask the children to make their own recipe suggestions and then do a ‘taste test’.

Click on the origami plant pot to download instructions for making a biodegradable plant pot from old newspapers. Great fun for the whole class!

Or click here for our PowerPoint presentation (6mb).origami pot


pea packet

Unfortunately snow peas are no longer available from us but you can buy them from shops, garden centres or online.


Click the above computer for our interactive white board Plant Pot Origami instructions.

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