The Q&A Archives: Poor Roma Beans Production

Question: My Italian Roma pole bean plants have produced very little beans. I treated my soil heavily with horse manure this year. I also used the black soil inoculate at plainting. I planted every two weeks for 2 months to have a constant supply. What resulted is a tremendous amount of beautiful foliage, but very little beans. I have 48 plants and picked only about 48 beans. They get full sun and enough water. I have not used any other type of fertilizer at all. What could be causing this ?

Answer: To be honest I suspect the horse manure resulted in an overabundance of nitrogen in the soil which in turn lead to lots of lush foliage but reduced blooming on the plants. You might wish to try doing some basic soil tests to find out if your soil has any deficiencies and also to use as a guide when adding amendments to it. Your County Extension (963-6842) should be able to help you with the tests and interpreting the results.

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