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Vegetable Gardening: Bumpy and/or Hollow Pole Beans

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greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

August 11, 2012
6:41 AM

Post #9237597

This year my Fortex beans were only really good for the first few pickings. After that they got bumpy even when small, and recently they've been soft and hollow, rather than crisp and firm. I wonder whether it's just the heat or perhaps I need to find a different variety. They've been my favorites for years, though.
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

August 11, 2012
9:32 AM

Post #9237758

Sounds like bean yellow virus, mottle virus or mosaic virus, sometimes the only symptoms are distorted leaves and pods plus empty pods. Symptoms vary depending upon which stage of growth the plant was infected, especially with bean mosaic virus.

greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

August 11, 2012
10:01 AM

Post #9237797

Interesting - that's never happened before? How do you protect against it, do you know?
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

August 12, 2012
7:29 AM

Post #9238743

The only solution I know of is to plant resistant varieties. Aphids can spread a virus, but sometimes it is from the seeds.

greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

August 12, 2012
8:33 AM

Post #9238815

And what are some resistant varieties? I wonder whether giving the garden a break from Fortex for a year or two would enable me to go back to it.

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