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EmpressAuset
May 21, 2020 12:08 PM CST
Hello,

I am growing am indoor dwarf green bean garden for the first time. I have I think a few issues. Some that I had to re-sow grew short or stunted not as tall as the first seeds that were sown. Also you can see from a picture that a couple have just 1 small hole or rip on the leaf. Also I just noticed today that some of the leaves have tiny hair..you can see from the side and I just saw a really tiny black bug on 1 or the stems. Should I take them all up and start over again?..Did I over water them?...Or is it something else that may be wrong or nothing at all and should wait it out. Thank you!

Name: Carol
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ctcarol
May 21, 2020 5:16 PM CST
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MD
EmpressAuset
May 21, 2020 6:48 PM CST
Hi,

I tried several times earlier but it failed to upload...hopefully it does it this time, thanks!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 21, 2020 7:24 PM CST
The photos loaded that time.

Tell us what soil they are planted in? Have you fertilized? How do you water? When you water, where does the water go? What are the temperatures? Do you have white light in your LEDs? Do the bugs fly? Hop? How big are they?

The first thing I can see is your beans aren't getting enough llight.
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MD
EmpressAuset
May 21, 2020 7:31 PM CST
I use 2 grow lights from Walmart..it has red and blue lights. I water them about twice a week. I have now way to get them sunlight as to how my apartment is setup. I use organic Miracle grow soil from home depot and gravel at the bottom. They are planted in a make shift garden bed using attic boards. I have only noticed today 1 tiny bug that flies, so tiny you barely notice. It probably came in from having the door open?
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 21, 2020 7:51 PM CST
The tiny bugs are probably fungus gnats. They do come in the door but only thrive in too wet soil. Fungus gnats could account for the damage to the bean leaves.

Red/blue lights are not enough for long term growth. If it was, the sun would be purple. You need to add white light - a lot of white light. Your beans are not happy.

Does your planter have drainage? Or just gravel? Gravel is not a good idea even with drainage. It causes a false bottom where water accumulates.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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MD
EmpressAuset
May 21, 2020 9:05 PM CST
Yes, I have many holes at the bottom for drainage but no water has ever came out?...Should I start over again for the green beans..my carrots seedlings are growing in pretty good so far..they are seperated but in the same bed.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 21, 2020 9:51 PM CST
There's no need to start over. Dig your hand down into the soil and see how wet/dry it is. Check before and after you water. You have to feel the soil in the root zone. How deep is the soil before the gravel layer? How wet is the soil at the gravel level? Why don't you water enough for water to come out the bottom? Water thoroughly then allow the soil to dry slightly before watering again.

Add some white fluorescent tubes - at least 5000k. 6400k is best. Plants use all the colors of the light spectrum. By giving your plants only red/blue light, you are slowly starving them. It is true that plants use mostly red/blue light but, consider the other colors as micronutrients. But, plants were built to sort the needed colors themselves, they do it all the time.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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MD
EmpressAuset
May 21, 2020 10:06 PM CST
Thank you for the information..yes its moist. The soil is 8 inches down to the gravel and the gravel is moist as well. I was thinking about taking the gravel out and re planting everything the right way?.. I read thatvyou can use 3% hydrogen peroxide and water mixture to spray at the roots and I think the leaves for the gnats?
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 22, 2020 12:16 AM CST
Don't use peroxide.

Instead of repotting, you could water less.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Webmaster: osnnv.org
MD
EmpressAuset
May 22, 2020 5:45 AM CST
Ok, once again thank you for your help with this๐Ÿ’œ. I will come back and let you know how everything goes...๐Ÿ™ Have a great weekend!

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