March 9, 2011
For the past 1 year, I have been trying to grow beans, tried seeds from several different places, till date, not even single bean plant thrived, nor did any creeper for that matter. I did all the research on net, but dint get proper solution anywhere. When they are seedlings in the tray, they look absolutely healthy and flourishing, but after being transplanted, the tips or in some leaves, edges start curling and dieing and those leaves will drop. There are no lesions or anything in the middle of the leaf, only edges, they dont turn brown either. This starts from bottom (old leaves are affected first and spreads upwards, n within few days, the whole plant dies). I have noticed that it happens mostly at flowering stage. (And what is that silver-colored snake movement like appearance on leaves, is it worrisome?). I scratched my head and consulted couple of gardeners, nothing was of help. It is too frustrating. I saw a flourishing bean plant in my dream!!! that shud given an idea of the intensity of this problem on me. Of late, my garden is affected with all sorts of diseases/pests/problems, different problems for different plants, almost no yield from anything now, tooooooo frustrating after investing so much of time, money, interest and effort on this. I used kitchen waste water (water used to wash rice, dhal, veggies, greens and also dishes) to water them, I feel all this started after that, do u think its bad to use kitchen waste water on plants?
Some one please rescue me from this bean plant problem first, later will tell about other plants!!! I really hope to find complete solution here for all the problems.
I am surprised you had bad luck with Beans. how do you grow them?
I bought some seeds either from lalbagh or indo american in banashankari..planted them at 3-4 inches apart in soil and almost 100% of them germinated. In two months time they yield around 15-20 beans every two days from @ 2 per plant. All I do is water it twice a day and nothing else - no fertilizer or pesticides...nothing.
Not sure if you are trying to grow in cocopeat and all that hitech things...
Last week I bought some new seeds from chickpet where I was promised they were imported and yield 1000 beans per plant!...I will be happy with 25 beans I have planted them in nursery plastic covers, pots and soil. In a months time will know if we can grow them in 8 inch high plastic covers - particularly useful for those who have some space but no open soil.
The other plant that has surprised me thus far is green peas. I just took some dried beans from kitchen and planted them in soil..again like beans..no fuss plant that grows on its own..with 45 days i got around 10-15 pods per plant before they wilted away...
Hence compared to all other plants...beans and peas are my favorite cheap no nonsense plants
October 27, 2010
A few things you might want to check:
1. Potting mixture- Are you reusing the potting mixture? how do you prepare the potting mixture?
2. Sunlight- Are the plants getting enough/too much sunlight?
3. Nutrient deficiency in Soil- again check the potting mixture.
4. Soil/Water PH
Also can you post some pictures?
March 10, 2011
Yellowing of leaves could mean nitrogen deficiency even though beans are supposed to be nitrogen fixers, in which case you might need to add organic matter to your soil.
Check as well the soil to see if there are termites underneath which then eat away the roots. I am assuming that your plants are on the ground , I dont have any experience with potted plants though.
March 9, 2011
Thank you all for ur responses. For potting mixture, I mix red soil, cocopeat and cow manure. They get good sunlight too on the terrace. As I said, I tried different soil, seeds from diff sources, different pots, different places (partial shady, direct sunlight). They hardly give a yield of around 5-10 (at the max) beans per plant and thats it plant dies. I wonder why I have take care of them so much for so many days for this yield!!!. I always felt its the mistake of seeds, but no idea, or may be the whole terrace is contaminated with disease-causing microbes. Imagine after investing so much of money, time, effort, interest on this, I get a yield like this and always somethin or the other problem, how frustrated I must be. Of late, my terrace has become fav place for all the red ants in my area i guess. I keep killing them everyday by rubbing them on the floor using slippers, but they keep emnating endlessessly, they eat away young saplings, young flowers and fruits, earthworms and lady beetles and spread the aphids. I sometimes think dropping the whole gardening idea is the only solution.
March 10, 2011
Of late, my terrace has become fav place for all the red ants in my area i guess. I keep killing them everyday by rubbing them on the floor using slippers, but they keep emnating endlessessly, they eat away young saplings, young flowers and fruits, earthworms and lady beetles and spread the aphids. I sometimes think dropping the whole gardening idea is the only solution.
Dont give up. Since you say that the pots are on the terrace, then go ahead and use a 2% dusting powder of malathion or lakshman rekha around the pots. Just make sure that neither of these get into any water source.
February 14, 2011
You can use neem oil to keep the ants away. Mix 5 ml. neem oil in 1 Lt. of water in which few drops of liq. detergent(pril etc) has been added. Spray it on your plants once a week. You can also add same solution to half a bucket of water and mop your terrace floor with it for few days. Ants will go away since they don't like neem oil smell. It is a tested formula.
March 9, 2011
I wanted to tell you all if ants are big headache in your garden, I have a better solution for you guys than all complicated solutions. Find out the source, there must be an ant house somewhere around. The main culprit stays there safe inside, you must target her (queen ant). Get some boiling water in the bucket, pour inside the ant-house. They will probably shift their location, do it for couple of times, there population vanishes soon. But while doing so, I found out nature has a solution for it too, yes these rigid ants too have predators, when I poured boiling water inside the ant-house, I saw couple of beetles rushing out for rescue. I did research on it and found out that there are beetles predating on them and also some insects and also if it rains, these ants vanish. As Vishwanath sir rightfully said, everything in nature is self-balanced until it has human interference to disrupt the balance. If something exceeds, therez something to reduce it. Thats called as eco-system. But ants are big headache during summer from my experience, so when its unmanagable, u can give them nice boiling water bath. Anyways, I never had good luck in terrace garden, except for some decent yield from brinjals, guntur chillies, greens, radishes, carrots n knol-kols. Should I be happy with that?