What's up with my beans?

west_gardenerJuly 14, 2012

I planted 6 beans and 5 germinated. The plants and flowers are doing great but very few pea pods are setting, if that's the correct word for beans. The plants have plenty of water and the blooms have plenty of pollinators.

Here is a pic of the big picture.

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west_gardener

Here is a pic of the small pic. The blooms are there, a couple of small pea pods. Most of the stems are almost bare, Anyone know what's going on?

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 7:49PM
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west_gardener

They have full sun.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 7:58PM
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pkramer60

I have only planted bush type beans and they are going crazy, even with the drought here. Could it be your soil is played out? They do look pretty, so I may have to try "runners" next year.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 10:19PM
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west_gardener

Thanks for the reply pkramer. It could be the soil, I had not thought about that. I'll amend it and try again next year. Glad your beans are doing great. Enjoy.

I've heard of mixing apples and oranges, but I managed to mix beans and peas.

They are beans, lol.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 6:36PM
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west_gardener

I've been reading up on the Scarlet bean runners on the net. Articles and posts from the UK to FLA, to CA, zones anywhere from 5-10 (my zone) and there seems to be a problem all over with pods not setting and I can't find any clear answers.

For now, I'll say that if you want high yield beans, don't plant the scarlets, go with what you know.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 7:30PM
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west_gardener

Update, when the weather cooled a bit, the beans set. I picked several 4-5" beans, cooked them in slightly salted water, on a medium high boil for 10 minutes. They were delish.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 7:21PM
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