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Aeneas
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 7:29 am    Post subject: Pea stem problem Reply with quote

Some of my young peas - 6 - 8 ins high - are yellowing and falling over. When I inspected the stems I found a brown mark at soil level and the plants easily snap or pull out at that point. At first I thought it might be the result of damage done when I put them in or from subsequent windy conditions. (The plants were germinated in a polytunnel and planted out in a raised bed where I have not had peas or beans before). But it may be some kind of stem rot. Or is there a pea sawfly that would work its way across the bed? Any advice, diagnosis welcome.
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like a foot rot, sometimes you will have browing at the roots as well.
Worth pulling up one or two to see. If it is foot rot, then it is a fungal disease with no real cure save prevention of further pea infection by removal of the affected plants and the soil around their roots.
Any pictures to confirm?
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

verge wrote:
Sounds like a foot rot, sometimes you will have browing at the roots as well.
Worth pulling up one or two to see. If it is foot rot, then it is a fungal disease with no real cure save prevention of further pea infection by removal of the affected plants and the soil around their roots.
Any pictures to confirm?


The roots seemed ok and my other pea plants are now growing well. The most likely explanation is that the stem was damaged either when I put them in or by wind. The plants were germinated and grown to about 4ins in a polytunnel so they may have been a bit tender when I put them into the raised bed.
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to hear. Not the damage, but that you are not infected. Razz
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