The Q&A Archives: Successive Cropping

Question: I planted green beans early and have harvested a ton of beans. Should I pull these vines up and try to plant a second crop -- or will they bloom and produce more beans if I let them go?

Answer: Sounds as though you're enjoying a bumper crop of beans! Bean blossoms tend to fall off when the weather gets hot so production may begin to slow within the next few weeks. I'd harvest as long as the plant's are willing to produce, then pull the plants up and sow seeds for a second crop. Beans usually take 10-14 days to germinate and about 60 days to produce, so you'll have plenty of beans to harvest in the fall if you sow seeds around the first of August. Enjoy!

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