Pea plants yellowing from ground up

veganic66July 15, 2006


Anyone know of a potential cause for my snow pea plants starting to yellow and shrivel up from the ground up??

I've fertilized using a liquid feed and don't think I'm overweatering.

This happened 2 years ago to my cantaloupe plant.. grew real nice, yellow flowers, then started to "rot" from the root outwards :(

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Well, about now most pea-plants in the middle latitudes of this continent are doing that. They are ending their productive cycle and drying up to cure seed.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2006 at 7:50PM
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Not sure if peas need fertilizing. I thought they got their nitrogen from the air?


    Bookmark   July 16, 2006 at 4:45PM
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albertar(z7 LINY)

Peas are a cool weather crop, its now too hot for them. You could try planting more for them to mature in the cooler weather of fall.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2006 at 8:43PM
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pnbrown and albertar:
Thanks for the info, I guess I planted at the wrong time, each of the three plants does have one pod on it though, lol
I shall start more and see what happens in the fall.

Gee, I don't know, I thought everything could use a little fertilzer. I'm in the process of building my compost pile, but until it's ready my only other choice is liquid feed, which I'm brewing by soaking buckets of weed leaves for a couple weeks. Boy that stuff sure stinks like a barnyard, hehe

    Bookmark   July 16, 2006 at 11:03PM
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pablo_nh(z4/5 NH)

If you have a good amount of OM/compost in the soil, or grow lots of legumes, then the peas will have the right fungi attached to the roots to fix nitrogen directly from the air.

Clovers, peas, beans, alfalfa, and other legumes will do this. I pulled some red clover the other day that were sneaking up on my garden beds, and the roots had the nodules from the fungi all over the roots. Very cool.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2006 at 2:24PM
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Fungi on the roots? wow, very cool, yeah I did not know this :-)

    Bookmark   July 18, 2006 at 12:56AM
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pablo_nh(z4/5 NH)

It's called mycorrhizal fungi. You can buy innoculants for seeds, but if you're organic and have a good amount of OM- then you're probably in good shape anyway.

This is the reason that growing clover actually puts N into your soil, rather than using it up.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2006 at 8:17AM
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