Too much inoculant???

lilionMay 12, 2011

If this becomes a duplicate post, I apologize, but I know I posted yesterday and can't find it at all.

I have planted my pole beans in the same place for several years now. I have a fixed trellis and it's the only place. So I thought this year I should use some inoculant. I bought a little bag of granulated inoculant and used it as directed, just sprinkling it over the seeds, but I was heavy-handed. Before I knew it I'd used most of the package that was meant for a 40 foot row in about 8 feet. It's the same color as the soil, so I couldn't scoop it out. So I went ahead and planted.

My question is, will my beans: 1) Die, or 2) Be fine, or 3) become giant mutant stalks I can climb on like Jack.

Thanks in advance for any answers!


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Hey Alys,

I don't think it will hurt your beans at all. Innoculant is intended for use in areas that have never had legumes (if I understand this - not a wizard on the biology of beans). I can't imagine that you've done anything worse than waste the $$$ on the inoculant.

I vote for "Be fine".


    Bookmark   May 12, 2011 at 7:49PM
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Thanks! I'm glad they'll be okay.

Although I was kinda hoping for that stalk to climb.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2011 at 9:54PM
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Belgianpup(Wa/Zone 7b)

Yes, just wasted money.

But if you do get a giant beanstalk, ***BE SURE*** to let us know! That would be fun! Just don't forget to put some red flashing LED lights on it so it doesn't become a danger to passing aircraft.

Tip: you don't need much inoculant because it multiples in the nodules, so next time swish your seed beans with a little whole milk to wet them down and pour out the excess milk, then mix the inoculant with the milk-dampened seeds. The fat in the milk helps the inoculant stick to the seeds better than water, and doing it this way makes the inoculant go farther.


    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 3:43PM
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