Vegetables and Fruit forum: Beans aren't producing

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Name: Betty Hunt
United States (Zone 8b)
Jul 11, 2013 5:48 AM CST
Planted pole beans. The vines and blossoms are beautiful. They don't make any beans. Honeybees are present. Cucumbers and other vegetables are producing. What could be the problem?
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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Jul 11, 2013 5:55 AM CST Admin

You might need to just apply a tincture of time. Smiling If they are flowering, they should have bean pods soon afterwards.
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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Jul 11, 2013 5:21 PM CST
ditto on the "tincture of time" (I LOVE that expression!) And Dave is right, if you have blossoms you'll have beans. As for the bees, beans are self-pollinating so if they are being distracted to your other veggies you'll still get beans.

Pole beans take a little longer to produce than bush beans but the trade-off is they will keep producing until a hard frost/freeze. I see you are in zone 8 but am not sure which zone 8...just wondering 'cus when temps get super hot bean pollen will tend to not be as viable as they would be in cooler temps. No worries, once they are in agreement with their surroundings you should get a bumper crop.

Shoe (cooking fresh-picked beans as I type~!)

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Name: Rita
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Jul 25, 2013 12:40 PM CST
Welcome! Betty Welcome to ATP.

Sorry to be so late, just found this forum and just saw your post.

It seems to me that it takes my pole beans a while to start pods after flowers so I guess it just takes patience. Once there are flowers there are always beans.

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