Butter Beans
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Why are my speckled butter bean pods not filling out?

Zone Northeast Louisiana | Quentin Johnson added on June 24, 2015 | Answered

I planted seeds in April. They started flowering and producing pods but they are just sitting there not filling out. It's been about 78 days and I have not picked a bean yet. I did a test on the soil and nitrogen level is very low. I did not use an inoculate when planting. I have Miracle Gro 24-8-16 on hand. Should I side dress? Any ideas?

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on June 24, 2015

If your using a fertilizer I would use something more balanced. To much nitrogen will not necessarily produce beans.
I might recommend Epsom Salt. It's something I use on all my vegetable plants.
Check your watering, to much or to little could be a factor in your bean production.
Here are a couple of links with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/beans/growing-butter-beans-in-your-garden.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/epsom-salt-gardening.htm

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Quentin Johnson
Answered on June 24, 2015

Were in a fairly dry period so I'm trying to keep the soil moist. How much Epsom salt should I put around each plant? I have plenty on hand.

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