shelling pea pods odd looking

Asked June 23, 2015, 12:37 PM EDT

Why are the pods on a lot of my shelling peas bent? The pea pods were fine and had no problem until this last growth or push of peas within the last three weeks. Also the leaves towards the top of some of the plants are turning yellow with the plants starting to look unhealthy.

Douglas County Oregon

1 Response

You pose an interesting question. Most diseases do not cause the pea pods to bend nor do they impact the upper leaves. Have you checked for aphids? This is the insect most associated with peas and can cause the fruit to become deformed as well as a yellowing on the leaves. Aphids can be controlled by blasting the plant with a stream of cold water which will knock them to the ground. If no evidence of aphids are present please bring in a sample of the leaves and bent pods to the Master Gardeners Plant Clinic. Hours are M-F 1:00 to 4:00. They are located in the basement of the building east of the court house at 1134 SE Douglas Ave. Roseburg.