The Q&A Archives: No Leaves On Beans

Question: hello, i have planted some wax and green beans that i bought from burpee and the seeds are coming up thru the ground, almost all of them and there are alot that have no foliage on them, just the stem. am i too anxious for them or is there something eating them before they pop thru the soil. this happens just after they curl thru the ground and straighten out. there is no leaves...please help.

Answer: You might check carefully for slugs because they will devour the early leaves and leave bare stems behind. They work at night so you will only find tell-tale shimmery slug slime trails near the plants. To control them, hand pick them at night or sprinkle diatomaceous earth on the soil around the plants or hand pick them at night with a flashlight. You could also trap them with beer-baited traps. In my experience, a combination of hand picking and the DE works fairly quickly in a limited area. In the meantime, there is time to replant the beans!

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