London (change)
8 messages
04/06/2013 at 19:01


I have a problem with my runner bean seed in the soil being eaten, I have taken some pictures of the pests. I would appreciate if anyone can identify the pests and sujest a cure to the problem.


04/06/2013 at 19:26

Nothing is eating you runner bean seed as such-it has rotted in the soil-it happens-that just looks like worms feeding on the remains

04/06/2013 at 19:49

yes i agree seed has prob rotted. why not sow seeds in trays and then plant out as growing plants later?  are you overwatering there?


04/06/2013 at 23:40

These pests look more like the yellow centipedes you sometimes come across in the soil as they have two feelers and are growing lots of legs.


05/06/2013 at 00:22

Despite what the seed packets say it's been too cold until the last week to start runners off in the ground. The worms you describe are probably wireworms and more a problem with potatoes than anything else.

Starting them off indoors before moving to a cold frame would probably help as I don't think the worms are eating your beans as such. I planted mine out today and am anxiously hoping they don't wither in the wind tonight.

05/06/2013 at 18:15

This is a picture that I have taken today of what we think is the problem. The small worm like creatures in the other pictures having grown on a couple of days resemble the adult which is shown in this picture. The adult was dug up where I had planted a bean seed that was infested.


05/06/2013 at 18:19

Still not eating the bean-they are eating a rotted bean

As has been said start them of in cells etc.

22/05/2015 at 17:45

I also have the problem but the beans have not rotted.  They are just infested by a ball do little worm like animals but I do wonder about the centipedes as we have seen these in the soil.   Any treatment?

email image
8 messages