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Re: help - rotten pod stalks

In a message dated 96-06-20 06:49:59 EDT, you write:

>I suspect the base of the stalk started rotting a while ago, but I didn't
>notice until the day it fell over.  Bloom was mid to late May - is this
>likely to be half way to harvest? 

Linda, When you make a successful cross, and a pod forms, strip all the
branches and leaves off the stalk so that there are no places to collect
water...there is less of a chance of the stalk rotting if you do this.
 Clarence Mahan in VA

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