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I grow Super Sugar Snap peas in large containers every year, and every year I see the same thing -- around the time they flower, they start dying from the bottom up. This happens quite early -- the attached photo is of the stage where the first peas are starting to appear on the vines. I can still harvest from the plants as the tops are still healthy-looking, but they're gradually dying and will stop producing pretty soon.

Is this part of a normal life cycle for this variety of peas, or is something wrong?

damaged pea plants

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Pot bound, it looks like there may be some root rot going on. Repot and add some perlite to keep the soil aired out the roots need to breath too.

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