Bean Plants

Would More Water Show a Faster Growth Rate

nariefa added on October 25, 2011 | Answered

Would more water show a faster growth rate in a black eye beans? The seedlings are growing in separate pots. One has enough water and the other has a lot water. The one with more water shows signs of withering, and the leaves are becoming yellow. Is this expected?

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Answered on October 30, 2011

This is expected. What is happening is that the roots are drowning. While roots need water, they also need air to function correctly. Too much standing water blocks the air and suffocates the roots.

In hydroponics, where plants are grown in nothing but water, the water must be kept moving to help aerate it so that the roots can get air from the aerated water.

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