August 06, 2008
by: jovial_cynic
Mutant Snap Peas.

One of my favorite things to grow is sugar snap peas. They're easy to grow, you barely have to take care of them, and they're delicious.

I've got a good sized set of vines growing right now, but one vine seems to be a mutant freak.

Here is a good and ordinary sugar snap pea. It's a little immature, but you can see how nice it looks:

That's how they are supposed to look. However, this mutant strain seems to be bearing the pod people of tomorrow:

And it's not just the pods. Even the leaves and the flowers are twisted and weird:

I'm a little scared of them. I'm not sure I want to eat one. But I think I'll harvest the seeds and sell mutant sugar snap peas to whoever is interested in them. If I'm the unwitting cause of the end of humanity as a result of spreading the plague pea pod (PPP), I'm sorry in advance.


Ken said:
Maybe they have a virus...

I have two tomato plants that are thriving with empty tomato skins. All my other tomato plants have fat healthy tomatos. It's wieerd.

August 07, 2008

jovial_cynic said:
I believe it is a virus. I posted the question on, and it looks like that one pea vine is infected with the enation mosaic virus, which according to a commenter, is "...spread by aphids. The pods are bumpy and the leaves mottled. There's no cure but it won't hurt you."

So maybe I'll give it a try. Although the idea of eating a diseased plant is rather unappealing.

August 08, 2008

Larissa said:
I know this is from 3 1/2 years ago, but next time you see this mosiac virus on your peas- pull the whole plant out because it can spread by touch to other plants. My friend had this in her raised bed last season and it spread to all the other plants in the bed...
February 24, 2012

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