gardening peas

My pea plants are just keeling over and dying. I am growing them in a container, and most just flop down. i have seven varieties, and they are all suffering, to some degree. Any suggestions on how i can save themé it might be that it doesn't drain properly.

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caitlinsdad8 years ago
If pea plants are vine-like, maybe you can set up some sort of trellis fence to help support the plants by spreading them out and tying them to the trellis. Maybe it is time to get a bigger container for them to grow in. The roots may be compacted and all of nutrients sucked out for a mature plant. In the new container add some holes and gravel at the bottom of the container to help it drain. I'm not an expert with peas but do you have to adjust soil acidity, sunlight, or watering patterns? Maybe give it a shot of liquid fertilizer. Good luck.
Yes, I suspect the need for both a support system and the lack of nitrogen in the soil.....legumes need fixed Nitrogen to thrive
cutting Matt (author)  Goodhart8 years ago
i thought that legumes could fix nitrogen from the air
If you go to http://academic.reed.edu/biology/Nitrogen/Nfix1(legumes).html you will see that they fix nitrogen through nodules in the root system BUT, some legumes have nodules on their stems and can do so from the air (these stem nodules can also photosynthesize)
cool! respect for the pea plant lol. have you considered the container is too shallow?
cutting Matt (author)  tech-king8 years ago
ya i think so. i had built it with a false bottom ~ 1 cm up, and i guess it collapsed
cutting Matt (author)  caitlinsdad8 years ago
I dont think it is the watering pattern, because my dad used it for years for all sorts of plants. i used fresh potting soil, and even a plant all on it's own is suffering. plenty of light (4 flourescent grow lites) I'll give it a shot of fertilizer, but i think it might also have been the design. i built it with a bottom, and about one centimeter above had a bottom with slits to allow drainage into the bottom. i guess with the earth it sagged and the water was with the root system. Thanks
I've always made it a habit if planting with vases, pottery, window boxes, that you put some gravel, broken clay pottery in the bottom so that mud doesn't collect and clog up the pores and allow for good drainage. Good tip I learned from going to the nursery on a school trip when I was a wee kid.
cutting Matt (author)  caitlinsdad8 years ago
next year ill try that they are horribly behind scedule. i planted some dec. 14, and they need ~ 60 days, so they should have been ready today. I dont see any flowers and most are less than one foot tall. could you help me figure out what went wrong?
If you've followed all the tips, maybe you could post a picture to see what they look like and someone could figure it out. Overcrowding, late bloomers?
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