Vegetables and Fruit forum: Pruning Peas/beans

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crockett2013
May 23, 2013 11:37 AM CST
I hope I am doing this correctly as it is my first contribution! I am growing beans for the second time. The first time was a flop and was years ago. I have since gained much knowledge and attempted again. I am growing Dragons Tongue bush beans and a generic "pole bean" that came from a feed store years ago, before I knew about heirloom seeds, catalogs, etc. I planted the seeds in mid march in central Tx. Mid April a strange disease hit them. Brown iridescent spots on some and what looked like rust on others. The plants were declining and with flowers just appearing I scoured the internet looking for info on to prune or not to prune. The few things I found said not to as it would halt production and decrease yields. I took a risk and HEAVILY pruned the damaged leaves. Probably at least 50% of them. Within 3 days they were back to there previous size! The condition is still present but only on about 25% of the leafs. I prune the worst regularly but the pants seem healthy overall and are blooming and producing . I just wanted to share this info somewhere as I was unable to find anything about it when I needed it. Hope this helps someone!
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RickCorey
May 24, 2013 7:13 PM CST
>> a strange disease hit them. Brown iridescent spots on some and what looked like rust on others. The plants were declining

>> I took a risk and HEAVILY pruned the damaged leaves. Probably at least 50% of them. Within 3 days they were back to there previous size! The condition is still present but only on about 25% of the leafs. I prune the worst regularly but the pants seem healthy overall and are blooming and producing

Wow, good to know. My snow peas tend to develop a white powdery covering once they get old (mildew?), but I take that as a sign that it's time for them to retire.

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