Green beans producing, but very short plants

jpc57June 17, 2014

I am stumped about my green beans this year; they usually grow to about 2 feet or so but this year are very short; about 8-9 inches. The plants have mature green beans, just not very many of them. We had a cool, wet spring. Plants are planted in full sun. Blue Lake variety.

I'm in coastal Virginia, not far from the Chesapeake Bay. Plants are in a raised bed, grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. I do amend the soil with compost--should I add compost to top dress?

I'm thinking of planting a second batch, but will have to sacrifice the eggplant seedlings. Any idea what could stunt the growth of the green beans plants, so that I can correct any problems with the second planting?

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Beans are weak nitrogen producers. Based on your description, it is likely they are nitrogen deficient. There are other possibilities such as nematodes, etc.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 5:05PM
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dlsm(Z9b Titusville Fl)

They need some type of fertilizer. You live close to the coast and the soil just don't have the elements needed for growth.


    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 4:44AM
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I was having the same problem!!! Did a home soil test and came out that I was very low in NPK added fertilizer and some of them pulled threw and started looking great. Now they are looking weak again so I fert. again today. So I would say you need to fert. But mine that went a long time with out me fertilizing never did grow much taller than 7 in. but luckily I realized what was going on in time and the 2nd secession I planted came threw

    Bookmark   June 25, 2014 at 7:02PM
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Same issue here with same variety up in southern maine. A few others I know same thing same variety. Not good year for them?

    Bookmark   August 3, 2014 at 3:26PM
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