Small Bean Size - Knowledgebase Question

Yuma, AZ
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Question by boopz8
May 9, 2000
I planted three rows of bush beans. The plants themselves are green and healthy looking. However, they are producing beans that only grow to 2-4" long. If I leave them on the plant, they only get tough, not longer. What can I do to have nice long beans?


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Answer from NGA
May 9, 2000
In low desert conditions, it's important to make sure that the soil is consistently moist (not wet) so that the plant isn't stressed for water. Use a 2-3 inch layer of mulch to help maintain soil moisture. Water slowly and deeply to a depth of about 12 inches for mature plants. Since your plants are green and healthy, it sounds as if the soil has sufficient nitrogen. You might want to scratch a phosphorous source into the soil to the side of the plants. Bone meal is an organic source of phosphorous. I hope this helps!

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