I have another problem I forgot to mention in my earlier post. I have snow
pod peas growing in a container on my deck. The plant was going well until
last few weeks. Now it seems to be getting yellow with leaves falling off
from the bottom moving up. It started only a inch or so and is now about 6
inches or so up the 30 inch or so plant. Almost seems like its dying bottom
up. Plant is still making flowers and pea pods, just harvested some today in
fact. Any idea what is happening? Is that normal? Maybe it's overwatered?
Staten Island, NY
I have grown snowpeas in the past, though not in containers. Although I have
no idea what is making yours turn yellow, I think peas do better in cool
weather than in hot. There is a small wild pea-like plant that comes up in
winter, which suggests to me that cool weather is what the plant wants.
I grew them in the winter, which is more like your spring, and they did
quite well. That is the natural growing season here, and the ground is
usually pretty soggy during a good winter. My garden lies over a porous
chalk formation, so is well drained.
That's normal. I'm in N. California and usually grow them in the
spring. When it starts getting hot, they start dying off.
It's suggested that you sow sets of seeds a few weeks apart, if you
want continuous crop. I have such trouble getting things started from
seed that I don't bother.
Snow peas are one of the biggest producing plants that I have ever
grown. Always enough for me and usually enough for the entire office.
Thanks all for the advice. I'll try in the peas in fall again. I planted
them to late I guess. I'm in zone 6 what would be the time I should plant in
spring? I've also read that you can plant peas in late fall for early spring
harvest. Has anyone done that and had that work out - what would I have to
do to winter them?
I'm a couple hours north of you, but I always plant my peas on Good
Friday. [The only 'by the moon' planting that I do.] That
usually gets them done before the really hot weather gets here.
[Though this year we had 90' weather before they blossomed. I
think it lowered the number of blossoms-- but maybe the peas will be
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