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Pole beans winding around each other.

Posted by nickjoseph 5 Milwaukee, WI (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 27, 14 at 2:49

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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RE: Pole beans winding around each other.

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

Rodney


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RE: Pole beans winding around each other.

It's normal.


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RE: Pole beans winding around each other.

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. :)


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RE: Pole beans winding around each other.

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.

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RE: Pole beans winding around each other.

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


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RE: Pole beans winding around each other.

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!


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RE: Pole beans winding around each other.

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

Jim

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


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RE: Pole beans winding around each other.

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


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RE: Pole beans winding around each other.

No worries. They just love each other. : )


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