Remedy for Yellow Vein Disease in Vegetable Plants


Clover yellow vein virus is a serious viral plant disease that is spread by aphids and infects beans, peas and other legumes, as well as cucurbits (cucumbers and squash). The leaves of the affected plant turn yellow and wither, and the plant eventually dies. Plant diseases like this are difficult to treat, and are best thwarted through prevention and good gardening practices.

Step 1

Purchase disease-resistant plants and seeds. Seed packets and plants are usually marked disease-resistant, but consult a nursery expert if in doubt.

Step 2

Spray aphids off plants with a spray bottle filled with water. Check on the undersides of leaves where aphids lurk.

Step 3

Pull up any infected plants immediately. Throw them away; don't compost them. Composting infected plants spreads disease.

Step 4

Water plants in the morning in warm, humid climates, or use soaker hoses so leaves dry quickly. Wet leaves contribute to the spread of clover yellow vein disease.

Step 5

Clean up all garden debris in the fall. Compost or discard it to discourage yellow vein disease from overwintering in the soil.

Step 6

Lay 2 inches of compost and 2 inches of moistened peat moss on the vegetable garden annually in the fall. Till it under by hand or with a rototiller. Healthy soil with plenty of organic material discourages pests.

Step 7

Rotate crops annually so peas, beans and cucumbers don't grow in the same place. This enriches the soil and prevents vein disease from building up.

Step 8

Introduce beneficial insects such as ladybugs and lacewing larva to your garden. These eat disease-spreading aphids and are available at nurseries.

Things You'll Need

  • Disease-resistant plants and seeds
  • Compost and peat moss
  • Trowel
  • Spray bottle
  • Rototiller


  • Cornell University Gardening Resources: Disease Resistant Vegetable Cultivars
  • Cornell University Vegetable MD Online: Viral Diseases of Peas

Who Can Help

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  • Cornell University Home Gardening: Vegetable Growing Guides
Keywords: yellow vein disease, vegetable diseases, vegetable gardening

About this Author

Julie Christensen has been writing for five years. Her work has appeared in "The Friend" and "Western New York Parent" magazines. Her guide for teachers, "Helping Young Children Cope with Grief" will be published this spring. Christensen studied early childhood education at Ricks College and recently returned to school to complete a degree in communications/English.