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Snap Peas are not doing so well ?

26 Apr 2012
Rainy 17°C / 63°F

Hi everyone !

I had a question about some Sugar Snap Peas I planted in March and at first they were doing quite well up until about a week ago. I have planted them in a container and I have not yet put fertilizer in yet but I do water them daily and they do get full sunlight. It’s my first time growing these and any advice would really help me. I would really like to save them if possible. It did rain quite a lot last night and I forgot to take them off our patio to put them closer to our screen door so I’m thinking all that water last night could have greatly affected them?

All the Best !





I think sugar snap peas like partial sun. Mine are on day 39 and they only get morning and late afternoon sun. They are growing like crazy! I have also fertilized them twice now (every two weeks).

Posted on 27 Apr 12 (about 4 years ago)

Thank you so much IndianaGal ! I will definitely will start giving them some partial sunlight and get some fertilizer for them. I’ve been meaning to go pick some up but that will definitely be on my to do list tomorrow. Do you have any recommendations for any organic fertilizer? I heard that Dr. Earth is pretty good?

Posted on 27 Apr 12 (about 4 years ago)

My suggestion is to cut back on the water. Growing in a container requires more water then in the ground but every day is too much. Might I suggest twice a week. Some vegetables, e.g. tomatoes and carrots, really dislike extra water once they set fruit and I cut it off completely unless the there is 7+ days of no rain. Not sure about sugar snap peas.

Also, if you have to container garden, some of the big box retailers are starting to get self watering plants at a really low price. Might be worth checking out before your next planting.

Best of Luck — Cherokee Motley

Posted on 27 Apr 12 (about 4 years ago)

I used Miracle Grow on round 1 and fish emulsion on round 2. I would not consider Miracle Grow organic but the fish emulsion was. I don’t know the brand name, a some of it from a friend of mine.

Good luck with snap peas. I hope they get happy!

Posted on 28 Apr 12 (about 4 years ago)

Thanks for your advice Cherokee_Motely ! I will most definitely cut back on all the watering that I’ve been doing. I have seen some of those self watering containers and I think that would be a great help to me since I’m not too sure about how much water some of the vegetables I’m growing exactly need. Let’s hope I can save them before it’s too late lol crosses fingers.

Posted on 28 Apr 12 (about 4 years ago)

Hi IndianaGal I just picked up some of that fish and seaweed organic emulsion today so I hope it will help out the snap peas and I’ll be able to get them to recover otherwise I might have to start all over. Really hoping that’s not the case but thanks for all the great advice.

Posted on 28 Apr 12 (about 4 years ago)

Gardening is a life long learning process, realize that not everything is going to work out 100% and life will be less stressful. One of my biggest mistake early on was not keeping a journal. I still don’t do a good job but Folia helps.

  • The good news is, it is not 1878 and we are counting on these gardens to feed our families.
Posted on 28 Apr 12 (about 4 years ago)

Yes indeed Cherokee Motley I think we are very lucky that we are not counting on these gardens to feed our family but I would in time like not to have to stop by the grocery store to pick up any vegetables at all. Food prices unfortunately are only going to get higher along with gas. I’m definitely going to try and keep an updated journal on my garden so I can gain more knowledge about growing all sorts of plants, vegetables and flowers. I hope your Garden is doing well ! and thanks for all the helpful info about the Snap Peas. They are already looking better smiles.

Posted on 07 May 12 (about 4 years ago)

I’m glad they are doing better!

Posted on 09 May 12 (about 4 years ago)

Thanks for your info IndianaGal hugs I couldn’t find the fish emulsion you were speaking about but I did find Jobe’s Organic Vegetable and Tomato Fertilizer. So I used that a couple of days ago plus I’ve takin the snow peas out out the direct full sunlight they were getting everyday and I put them in a nice shady area. They have improved since and they are starting to get greener by the day ! smiles.

Posted on 09 May 12 (about 4 years ago)

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