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Do Snap Peas Need A Trellis? What Is The Best Support? How To Create The Best Support?

Do you ponder the age-old question: would my Snap Peas need a trellis to thrive? The answer, like many things in gardening, is not a simple yes or no.

Vining Snap Peas will reach 6 feet or over, often requiring trellises (pea stakes, netting, or fencing) for support throughout their growth, but non-vining Snap Peas do not generally require as much support.

In any case, you can quickly build a DIY trellis for your Snap Pea garden. Read on to find out how.

What Is The Best Support For Snap Peas?

Gardeners aware of legume varieties love Snap Peas for their quality fruits, which are ready to harvest in 6-8 weeks.

Did you know Snap Peas were introduced in the 1960s through selective breeding, and peas and pods can be consumed?

A single Snap Pea plant can produce between 40 to 50 pods. However, its uniquely-tall stature makes it wobbly, requiring additional support to keep it straight.

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Almost every vining Snap Peas variety would need something to latch and climb on as it can quickly grow over six feet.

In fact, they need support from the initial sprouting stage to keep the vines growing upwards; hence, it may be a good idea to use pea stakes, trellis, netting, or fencing to keep them spreading.

While Snap Peas can benefit from some support, not all varieties require a trellis.

Here is a table describing the vining and non-vining Snap Peas varieties.

Sugar Snap (6-8 feet)Sugar Ann (2 feet)
Cascadia (3 feet)Oregon Sugar Pod II (2-2.5 feet)
Mammoth Melting Sugar (6-8 feet)Sugar Bon (1.5 feet)
Little Sweetie Peas, Sweet Horizon, and Sugar Lace II are a few dwarf Snap Peas varieties that can grow without additional support.

Create DIY Snap Pea Trellis 

The vining legumes like Sugar Snap Peas and Mammoth melting sugar require support to maintain an upright structure.

Without one, the weight of foliage and pods will take the entire plant down, affecting their harvests. Therefore, providing support, like a trellis, can become more essential.

Here are a few examples of simple trellises that you can use for your sugar Snap Peas.

Teepee or A-frame TrellisA plain trellis consists of two or more wooden/metal poles arranged in a teepee or A-frame shape, providing a sturdy structure.
Cattle Panel TrellisIt is a large wire mesh panel used in livestock fencing, which can be bent into an arch shape, providing a durable support for the Snap Pea vines to climb.
String TrellisA budget DIY trellis requires installing tall stakes at regular intervals and attaching twine or wire between the stakes horizontally.
Lattice or Grid TrellisIt consists of crisscrossing wooden or metal slats and growing the Snap Peas between the slat gaps.
Fencing/Chicken Wire SupportInstall stakes or posts along the snap pea garden. Attach a section of fencing or chicken wire to them. The Snap Pea vines will grip the hollow parts of chicken wire to climb up.

Here is a DIY guide to prepare a simple teepee (A-frame) trellis for Snap Peas at home.

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Teepee or A-frame trellis is the easiest to create and use to support Snap Peas’ growth.

Materials: Poles (bamboo, wooden stakes, or metal conduit), Ryobi circular saw, sturdy rope or twine, and scissors or wire cutters.

Step-by-Step Guide

  • Before installing the trellis, remember to choose a suitable location, ensuring it receives adequate sunlight and has ample space.
  • Cut the poles to the same length using Ryobi circular saw. You can also use a carpenter’s saw to cut bamboo or wooden stakes.
  • The poles should be at least 6-8 feet tall or as needed based on the expected height of your Snap Pea variety.
  • Cut the remaining poles to create a horizontal frame or support, which can be attached to the vertical poles.
  • Use rope or twine to tie each pole, creating a rectangular shape.
  • Insert the poles into the ground, evenly spaced in a circular or triangular shape, creating an A-frame.
  • Next, tie the tops of the poles securely, creating a stable structure.
  • Plant your Snap Peas around the base of each pole, ensuring they have enough room to climb.
  • As they grow, gently guide the vines along the trellis by tying them to the trellis.

Alternatively, you can use strings to tie the growing Snap Pea vines to any surrounding structure as they keep rising, but it may not be a good solution for many Snap Peas.

If you are not up to creating a trellis from scratch, consider buying some commercial trellis or support for a Snap Peas garden, including Amagabeli 2, Helprise expandable lattice fence, and A-frame trellis.

From Editorial Team


Growing Snap Peas using trellises helps keep air circulation around the foliage, preventing pests and fungal diseases.

However, be wary about delaying support or rough handling when training the Snap Pea, which may affect the vine altogether.

Remember not to overcrowd the Snap Peas too close together!