Foot Rot in Runner Beans
Could you please tell me why my runner beans are dying from the bottom upwards?
Sorry to hear you are having problems with your runner beans.
I believe it may be something called Foot Rot – this is a fungus that causes plants to rot at ground level, this may occur if runner beans have been planted too often on the same site.
Various books advise to water with a Chestnut Compound, this is available from garden centres but unfortunately it is not organic as it contains a Copper Sulphate & Ammonium carbonate mix. My advice is not to overwater and move your beans to a fresh site next year.
Lynn Burton - Horticultural Advisor