can you plant the seeds of powdery mildew snap peas?

Asked July 17, 2018, 3:37 PM EDT

Hello, I was away for a week and all of the peas left on my vines have succumbed to powdery mildew. Some of these are quite large, and I'm wondering if I can use the peas as seeds for my next planting. And, is it worth planting them again in the Fall? perhaps, September or October, or is it still too warm then? What is the best temp to plant them in in the fall? Thanks very much!

Oregon seeds horticulture

1 Response

Thank you for your question. There are two ways to approach the answer. The first is scientific, and this Extension article recommends not planting seeds from diseased plants: http://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=C862&title=Disease%20Management%20in%20the%20Home%20Vegetable%20Garden On a practical level (suggested by the article), why not regard this as an opportunity to find a variety or cultivar that is resistant to fungal pathogens? In mostbparts of Oregon, moderate temperatures and water are prime for spores. I suggest you put this year in the rear view mirror, and try a new variety in 2019. You can find them on the Internet, but here’s one source: http://vegvariety.cce.cornell.edu/main/showVarieties.php?searchCriteria=pea&searchIn=1&crop_id=0&sortBy=overallrating&order=DESC And if you like edible pods, here’s another OSU list: http://horticulture.oregonstate.edu/content/peas-edible-pod Hope this is helpful. Good luck!