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Leggy/Spindly bush beans

Post  jhouser on 4/30/2011, 4:07 pm

I sprouted my beans and they're getting TALL, almost a foot! We are getting 18 hours of sun light (easily) so I'm wondering if that's the culprit?

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Re: Leggy/Spindly bush beans

Post  clfraser on 4/30/2011, 7:25 pm

Mine are the same they are just really tall. Not too many leaves and some of the leaves started to get brown spots. But They are definitely closing in on a foot. It is hot and very sunny here. Sorry no help but I will be interested in hearing others thoughts. When do they start putting out beans.
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Re: Leggy/Spindly bush beans

Post  shannon1 on 5/1/2011, 1:26 am

I am not sure what the problem is I am growing them for the first time this year. I have a question too. Is it normal for them to be realy pale green?
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Re: Leggy/Spindly bush beans

Post  pattipan on 5/1/2011, 8:42 am

jhouser,
It could be the extended daylight (especially the legginess). I would ask local farmers and see what they've experienced with beans. Here's the link to your cooperative extension's garden site, perhaps you can find some ideas from there or you could even contact one of the agriculture staff.

http://www.uaf.edu/ces/issues/gardening/

It could also be lack of nitrogen. For your Mel's Mix, did you use homemade compost, or did you purchase five types like the book recommends to make your own blend? As I recall you specialize in organic farming? You might want to try fish emulsion on the beans. It wouldn't hurt them, but it might give them the nitrogen boost they need through as they go through the "bloom & bean" time. An idea for the future would be to add innoculant when you plant the beans. Do a forum search here and you'll find several threads where innoculant was discussed.

Let us know how it goes!

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