Vegetables and Fruit forum: Problem with Blue Lake Beans

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Name: Don Shirer
Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a)
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DonShirer
Aug 20, 2015 5:41 PM CST
I planted three varieties of pole beans this year in late May : Fortex, Rattlesnake and (for the first time in 5 years) Blue Lake. All were close together in an area that gets about 5 hours direct sun (on cloudless days).

So far I have gotten 2-3 crops of beans from the first two varieties, but though the Blue Lake plants look as healthy, they have yet to bear a blossom, much less a bean. I don't remember this happening the last time I raised Blue Lake beans.

I checked 8 different suppliers and plant lists for maturity dates, and even though they very widely from one list to another, Blue Lake is almost universally said to be within 5 days of Fortex and Rattlesnake is said to be the same or up to 15 days later.

Has anyone noticed that Blue Lake could be much later maturing than advertised, or could it be that I got a bad batch of seed?
(The Fortex and Blue Lake were bought this year from the same supplier.)
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 23, 2015 12:53 PM CST
Now that is odd. I have raised Blue Lake for years and they are excellent producers. Always big batches of beans set.

Name: Claud
Water Valley, Ms (Zone 7b)
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saltmarsh
Aug 23, 2015 10:07 PM CST
My neighbor used compost from a cotton gin on his garden several years ago. He let it rot for 2 years before he used it. It was still too hot for his beans. Big beautiful bushy pole beans, but didn't get the first bean. Any chance they got to much fertilizer? Claud
Name: Don Shirer
Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a)
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DonShirer
Sep 28, 2015 7:02 AM CST
Well, the Blue Lakes finally came through, but 4-5 weeks after the Fortex. Actually it was convenient since they appeared as the Rattlesnake beans were petering out. Strange. I raised Blue Lakes before and they were never this late.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Sep 28, 2015 4:00 PM CST
DonShirer said:Well, the Blue Lakes finally came through, but 4-5 weeks after the Fortex. Actually it was convenient since they appeared as the Rattlesnake beans were petering out. Strange. I raised Blue Lakes before and they were never this late.


At least you got a harvest! Thumbs up

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