Does fungus affect beans?

nancyjoyaApril 25, 2007

Excuse my ignorance, but I have not been gardening for too long. I would like to know if verticillium (?) wilt affects pole or bush beans. I was planning on planting beans in the raised bed in which I planted tomatoes that became affected last summer but now I cannot find any information on bean susceptibility. Thanks very much in advance for any information!

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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

Verticilium is a problem for me also, and attacks nearly everything to some degree. When it attacks beans, it usually hits the seedlings soon after emergence; I always over-plant, so I can destroy any stunted seedlings immediately. I generally lose a few mature pole bean plants each year to late attacks.

Cool, wet weather aggravates the problem, so losses can be severe if beans are planted too early in cool soil, or if there is a long wet cold snap. I plant my beans later (around June 1rst) to avoid this, and water only when the plants show signs of water stress - this reduces the losses to very minor levels.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2007 at 11:09AM
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