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Leaves falling of bean plants

Posted by bobb2001 MA (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 29, 10 at 18:50

I've heard growing beans is easy, but somehow I've managed to mess up. The leaves are falling off my yellow pole beans and green bush beans - all well-established plants that are now nearly bare of leaves. Any beans that were growing seem to have stunted. Some new leaves seem to be trying to grow, but I bet they just die too. I thought it was just the heat, but there are so many other symptoms it could be too...
- I've seen a few aphids on the leaves from time to time. I've tried home-made remedies before, like dish soap/garlic solutions, applying at night, but the leaves seem to get burnt by that.
- Maybe I'm over-watering? Can't imagine I'm underwatering.
- I had the built in saucers on the bottom of all of my plastic containers, but just heard that is bad and maybe that is also what is bothering my cucumber leaves.
- Maybe I just planted them too late in the season?

Same thing happened last summer to the beans, and they seemed to come back just before fall. Would love to hear from others experiencing something similar. Would also love to hear it's just the super hot heat we've been having in Massachusetts.

This is just my third year gardening, so any advice would be very much appreciated. Thank you!!


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RE: Leaves falling of bean plants

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Thu, Jul 29, 10 at 20:06

Are you fertilizing?


RE: Leaves falling of bean plants

Yup. I use some powder stuff in my watering can about once a week.

RE: Leaves falling of bean plants

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Fri, Jul 30, 10 at 14:42

Could you be a little more specific?


RE: Leaves falling of bean plants

my bush beans are almost 2" hight with purple flowers on them, they r getting ready to sprout there beans but the leaves are falling off n they are beginning to look like they're starting to die. Does anyone have any idea why this could be happening?

RE: Leaves falling of bean plants

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 23, 12 at 13:44

There are lots of possibilities, over-watering being right up at the top of the list. You'd need to provide a little more background info, though.

Soil type
Watering habits
Where you live
Fertilizer? with what? how much?
Recently moved outdoors after starting indoors?


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