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Bush Butter Bean Pods Did Not Fill Out


Anonymous added on August 12, 2015 | Answered

My bush butter bean pods did not fill out. Please tell me why.


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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on August 12, 2015

This can be attributed to a number of things, such as poor pollination, irregular watering, or the use of nitrogen fertilizer. A lack of pollinators can cause beans plants too produce less or develop poorly. Plants also need additional watering once they begin blooming. Since these are nitrogen-fixing plants, they do not need fertilizer, with exception to a side dressing of compost, if desired. An abundance of nitrogen will cause little to no flowering and poor pod development - adding some bone meal (phosphorus) can help offset high nitrogen content and encourage flowering/pod growth.
Additionally, if pods are harvested too early, they will not have finished their growth and the beans inside will be far too small.

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