Problems of Snap Beans

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Problems of Snap Beans
Symptom Probable Cause
Seeds Sprout But Fail To Leaf Out Physical Injury
Seedlings Leggy And Weak Too Much Shade
Leaves Look Scorched Or Bronzed Ozone Pollution
Foliage Curls, Puckers, And Turns Yellow Aphids
Tiny Holes In Leaves Flea Beetles
Leaves Are Skeletonized Japanese Beetles
Leaves Are Skeletonized Mexican Bean Beetles
Leaves Show Pale Spotting Spider Mites
Large Ragged Holes In Leaves Slugs
Plants Are Frail, With Yellow Leaves Whiteflies
Water-soaked Spots On Pods, Stems Anthracnose – A fungal disease
Plants Wilt Rapidly Bacterial Wilt
Orange-tinged Spots Under Leaves Rust – a fungal disease
Curled, Twisted Leaves Curly Top
Yellow, Bushy Plants Bean Common Mosaic Virus
Dusty Gray Coating On Foliage Powdery Mildew A fungal disease

Seeds Sprout But Fail to Leaf Out Due To Physical Injury

ccasionally young snap bean seedlings will fail to develop leaves after they have emerged from the ground, a condition known as “baldheading.” This may be caused by some sort of injury to the seeds during harvest, packaging, storage, or handling. Pull out the deformed plants and plant new seed.

Seedlings Leggy And Weak From Too Much Shade

If snap bean plants do not enjoy at least 8 hours of sun a day, they lack vigor. They stretch to reach light if they are in shade during a part of the day and they become frail and leggy. If possible, remove or cut back any tree branches or other plants that are shading the beans. Choose a more open, sunny spot to plant.

Leaves Look Scorched Or Bronzed From Ozone Pollution

Bean plants are sensitive to ozone produced by industry and car emissions. Tissues of affected plants appear bronzed or slightly scorched and leaves develop spots that penetrate through the entire leaf. This type of environmental injury can kill a young plant in a matter of days. Tolerant snap bean varieties include ‘Astro,’ ‘Blue Crop,’ ‘Pencil Pod Wax,’ ‘Tendergreen,’ ‘Sungold,’ and ‘Tendercrop.’ (‘Homey Gold’ and ‘Dwarf Horticultural’ are particularly sensitive to ozone injury.)

Plant Wilts Rapidly From Bacterial Wilt

Bean plants infected with this disease wilt suddenly and die without showing any signs of yellowing or spotting of the foliage. Bacterial wilt cannot be cured, so remove the plants promptly and discard them in the trash. Do not compost them. Wash your hands and any tools in a bleach solution (1 part household bleach to 4 parts water) before touching other plants. Prevent bacterial wilt by removing diseased plant parts, using fresh mulch and planting resistant bean varieties such as ‘Tendergreen.’

Leaves Curled And Twisted Because Of Curly Top

Seedlings infected with curly top disease show yellow, curled and puckered foliage. The disease dwarfs and kills them. Infected older plants do not show obvious symptoms. Curly top cannot be cured. Remove and destroy infected and surrounding plants. Do not compost them. Prevent curly top by growing resistant varieties such as ‘Cape’ and ‘Great Northern.’ Also, control whiteflies and leafhoppers which can transmit the disease.

Yellow, Bushy Plants Due to Bean Common Mosaic Virus

Bean common mosaic virus causes stunted, yellow, bushy plants and foliage that has a “shoestring” appearance due to loss of leaf surface from the midveins. Individual leaflets curl along their midvein, and bean pods are distorted. Mosaic cannot be cured. Remove and destroy the infected and surrounding plants. Do not compost them. Control aphids which spread mosaic as suggested above. Plant resistant varieties such as ‘Blue Lake’ (pole), ‘Contender,’ ‘Derby,’ ‘Golden Wax Improved,’ ‘Great Northern,’ ‘Greensleeves,’ ‘Kentucky Blue,’ ‘Tendercrop,’ or ‘Topcrop.’ Most bush bean varieties are resistant to mosaic disease.

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