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Q.bean trouble

Zone 5? | Beanless added on August 6, 2012 | Answered

We are novice gardeners sitting at 7, 000 ft elev. We have done very well with tomatoes (in our greenhouse), and squash, chard, beets, turnips, radishes have all done very well outdoors, but we cannot grow green beans. We have tried pole and two varieties of bush beans with the same result. They get about 3 in. high with two leaves and that’s it, they slowly wither and die. Others in this area seem to have good luck with beans, but can offer no advice. Does anyone have an idea??

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Answered on August 16, 2012

It sounds like they are succumbing to damping off. This is normally brought on by high humidity around the seedlings. Add a little fungicide to the soil as a starter. Try setting a fan on low to blow over the seedlings (if you are growing in the greenhouse). This will help improve air flow and reduce the standing humidity around the seedlings. If you are growing them in your garden, make sure you are watering in the early morning or late afternoon. This will allow the water near the surface to dry out more quickly and reduce the humidity around the plants.

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