Hyacinth Vines - Knowledgebase Question

Washington, DC
Question by jburke8
February 19, 1998
Last year I grew hyacinth vines from Burpee's. The vines were spectacular, a neighborhood marvel. But, there were no flowers or beans as described in the catalog. The vines had full sun in a fairly rich clay-based soil. What happened to to flowersand beans?


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Answer from NGA
February 19, 1998

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If the beans were planted in full sunshine and grew spectacularly, then it's possible that they got too much of a good thing. Beans are cool-season plants that produce early, or late in the season, but refuse to flower when the weather gets too warm.It's also possible that they were overfertilized, growing leaves and stems at the expense of flowers. Plants shouldn't have to struggle to grow, but too much nitrogen in the soil will encourage leafy green growth instead of blossoms. This year plant your seeds in regular garden soil and don't add any fertilizer. Since beans are a cool-season plants, try planting them so they can perform in the coolish weather.

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