Pole beans winding around each other.

nickjoseph(5 Milwaukee, WI)July 27, 2014

I've never grown pole beans before, so got 3 plants & 2 metal trellis's. It didn't take long & they were shooting up & gripping onto the trellis. Looking at them closely, I see that they are all wound around each other, braided and what looks like knotted. How can they wind around each other & not choke the life out of each other. I know some of you are reading this and rolling your eyes or laughing. At first I didn't think I would get any flowers since I planted these a month ago & only vines. The person at the garden center says they take a good 60 days. Within the last few days, I am seeing flowers & the little nodules that turn into flowers in various places all over the vines, hidden and out in the open. It should be like a scavenger hunt finding beans, but about the winding around themselves--normal? Thanks.

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theforgottenone1013(MI zone 5b/6a)

Having them wind around each other isn't an issue.


    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 8:35AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

It's normal.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 8:52AM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Sometimes mine wind around each other at the bottom of my trellises, and I try to encourage them (with bungee cords) to climb upwards. If I don't, they spend too much of the season just laying on the ground at the bottom of the trellises.
But no, they don't strangle each other. :)

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 10:42AM
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loribee2(CA 9)

Not laughing, don't worry. This is about a dozen+ pole bean plants all intermingled and twined around each other. On a rare occasion, the plant will wind itself around a bean and that bean is a gonner (not worth the trouble of trying to get it out). But the rest is all fine. Soon you will have yummy beans and become a pole bean groupie like me.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 11:48AM
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nickjoseph(5 Milwaukee, WI)

Thanks all. Picture this, "Huge sigh of relief".

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 1:53PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Good luck Nick! This is a great place to ask lots of gardening questions! It's really great to have around! Good luck with your pole beans!

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 2:02PM
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jimster(z7a MA)

See the link below for some interesting stuff about this on the Bean Forum.


Here is a link that might be useful: How Do Pole Beans Climb?

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 3:17PM
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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

Nick, after you have a meal with your fresh beans you will knock yourself on the forehead that you didn't plant more!!!!!LOL
They will grow really high, but I usually make my trellis no more than 5-6 ft high so I can reach them without a stepstool! They will droop down and climb again!
This year, rather than a teepee type structure, we made the structure with the X on the bottom, and the taller parts on top so the beans hang down where I can reach them from the outside. Works great! Nancy

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 8:54PM
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No worries. They just love each other. : )

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 9:04PM
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