The Q&A Archives: Green Beans

Question: I planted pole green beans last spring. The plants did great and were green and healthy, however, there were very few green beans on them. What is the problem? They were grown in full sun in the central San Joaquin Valley of California where our summers are hot. Is the weather too hot to grow green beans here? Please help. Thanks.

Answer: Beans are slow to produce in hot, dry weather. If you can adjust your planting dates to correspond with cooler spring and autumn temperatures, your plants will likely be more productive. You can help things along by applying mulch to the soil to help keep the roots cool, and by holding back on fertilizer. Too much nitrogen will produce lots of foliage, at the expense of flowers and bean pods.

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