Peas, stem cut-off

Asked August 23, 2015, 9:48 AM EDT

I am attempting a fall planting of peas (Burpee, Super Sugar Snap) I am getting only about 15% germination. Then, when seedlings are one to two inches, something cuts them off right at the soil line and leaves them there to die. What is the problem? What can I do about it? Thanks for your help.

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

It could be rabbits or cutworms or both. Could be a squirrel looking for moisture.
Here is our info on cutworms and their control: http://extension.umd.edu/growit/insects/cutworm

Rabbits will require fencing, but it must be done properly: http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG90%20Dealing%20wit...

Keep in mind that fall plantings of peas are generally harder to do successfully than spring plantings.

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