Something stripped my bean plants of leaves.

DavidMac1680August 2, 2013

Something came along yesterday during daylight hours and stripped nearly half of my bean plants of leaves. When I watered them at 0630, half an hour into daylight, everything was intact when I got home after work half the plants looked like the photo. Whole leaves just gone.

I know there are rabbits in the area, I've seen them around the neighborhood, but the garden is surrounded by a fence, which in turn is surrounded by the rest of the yard with three dogs. The garden fence isn't perfect because something small could probably get in where the gate meets the wall, but any critter that went in that way would have a lot of open ground to cover in the DMZ with the pups.

Is the puppy patrol not up to snuff, or is this something else?

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Deer and groundhogs are the most common bean eaters.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 12:11AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Also rabbis !

Can you detect any foot prints ?

    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 2:29AM
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Some of my pole beans were stripped of leaves leaving a single bare stem with a viable tip. They have recovered nicely.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 10:22AM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

I think I see deer tracks when I magnify the pic. It looks like deer damage. They love to eat the tops out.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 1:52PM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

Deer....or rabbits... I have had both get into mine before. I walked out this morning and scared a rabbit out of my pole beans. He had eaten the leaves off the vines about 2 feet high. Deer would have eaten them 4 to 5 feet high.

The plants will recover, but depending on how extensive the damage is, you may or may not have time to get a crop before frost.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 10:09PM
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jimster(z7a MA)

In my experience, rabbits like bean plants better than just about anything else. Of course, that doesn't mean it wasn't one of the other critters. But I think you would know if you had deer around your property.


    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 8:08PM
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Seems like it was rabbits. I kind of thought my place was a little urban for deer (a long way from the nearest stand of trees one could hide in) and after installing some chicken wire the beans have recovered (as have the lower leaves on the pepper plants I didn't even know were missing).

Hopefully the beans will recover enough for me to get a harvest if the damage didn't delay their already late start too much.

Thanks for all the help.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 5:19PM
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barbge(4 MN)

Totally a deer! This has been happening to me all summer long, but they'll still produce beans. Despite the deer I still have so many bush and pole beans that I'm starting to get sick of them. haha

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 5:22PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Agree with wertach,
I can see deer foot prints too.
Also, rabbits are unlikely to be able to eat all the way to very top
but leaving the lowest leaves intact.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2013 at 2:18AM
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