Kiss of Death: Why are the plants dying?

“my plants come up nice an green,then turn brown an die.they have plenty of water.corn plants come up to a foot or so then turn brown.tassels start to form.can you tell me why



dead soybeansHi Bob,

Thank you for the email regarding your plants.  From your email, but guess
I’m wondering what type of plants you are growing.  Is corn the only plant
you are having problems with or do you have other crops in your garden that
are doing the same?

I look forward to your response and helping you out on this matter.


“i plant tomatos,potatos,beans,squash,cukes,corn.all come up green,turn yellow,then brown then die.i used 10-10-10-fert.watered 2-3 time week.what is wrong



Hi Bob,

Sounds to me like there is something wrong with the environment that your plants are growing in rather than the plants themselves.

If you were having problems with just one crop (i.e. beans or squash) or if you were having problems with one family of crops (i.e. tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplants), we would then be looking at some type of disease or insect problem that was hurting the plants.  However, with the problems you have been having, it is everything across the board.

What you have been doing in terms of watering and fertilizing is correct.  This means that the soil is likely the problem.  My suggestion would be to have your soil tested through your local county extension office for Lee County.  Their website and contact details can be found here:

Based on the results of your soil test, their county ag agent should be able to help you in identifying what amendments need to be made in order to get your garden back on track.

I hope this information helps you out.  If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.


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