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Danflaps
Jun 24, 2017 3:29 AM CST
Hello, my son and I planted a seed 4 weeks ago and have been overwhelmed by how quickly it has grown! I dont know the name of the plant and would like your help to identify it so we can look up about correct care! Thanks for your time!

Dan

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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jun 24, 2017 4:11 AM CST
It looks like some kind of bean plant. What did the seed look like?
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Danflaps
Jun 24, 2017 7:32 AM CST
Ah excellent, thanks for your reply! From what I remember they were a creamish possibly yellow colour! No signs of beans yet or would a month be too early to show? Thanks again!
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Jai_Ganesha
Jun 24, 2017 8:36 AM CST
The seed would have looked like a bean of some sort. But there are a bazillion kinds.

Depending on what kind it is (if it is a bean) you could have flowers in 2, 3, or 4 weeks.

You might want to cut off some of the higher growth to encourage the plant to branch out. Otherwise it'll be less stable going straight up.
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Name: greene
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greene
Jun 24, 2017 9:12 AM CST
Sure looks like a pole bean of some type.

Since you and your son only planted one bean I am thinking do not prune/pinch/cut the plant. Yes, pruning will reduce the height of the plant, but the plant will need to put energy into producing side shoots and that may delay the formation of blooms. Plus it might be fun to see just how tall this one plant can grow. Hurray!

The leaf color is a bit pale. Can you add some fertilizer? Not too much, just a bit and see if the leaves get darker green. Having the pot sitting in the corner between the house and the tall fence, it may not be getting enough sun. Can you move it to a safe place where it can thrive with more sunlight? Just remember to keep it watered (but don't drown it Hilarious! ).

Good luck and take photos as it grows. Thumbs up
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Danflaps
Jun 24, 2017 9:35 AM CST
Thanks for your replies, much appreciated! Yeah I may have to cut some of the top down as its now 6ft tall!

Yeah I can definitely try some fertiliser and see if that helps! Yes I normally have it in the sun but it was rather windy that day so it was in the shade for a little shelter!

A lot of newer shoots around the base today!

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Name: Sue
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sooby
Jun 24, 2017 9:40 AM CST
It looks like it is starting to produce flowers. It may be a runner bean (often called scarlet runner in North America).
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Jai_Ganesha
Jun 24, 2017 9:54 AM CST
Scarlet runners have big, solid, black-and-pink seeds. I wonder if that was the seed that was planted if the OP wouldn't have remembered it. They're pretty distinctive, even as beans go.
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sooby
Jun 24, 2017 10:01 AM CST
Good point Jai. I just remembered they were commonly grown in the UK but admittedly that was decades ago. Obviously not a bush bean though Hilarious!

Maybe Danflaps can check out these images and see which looks close to the bean seed that was planted:

https://www.google.ca/search?q...
West Midlands
Danflaps
Jun 24, 2017 10:02 AM CST
Thanks again for your replies, searched pole bean plants and definately look like my plant!

Look forward to seeing if it starts to flower in a few weeks as you stated Jai!

Will be sure to post pics when it does Greene!

Thanks again yall!
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Danflaps
Jun 24, 2017 10:13 AM CST
Hey Sooby, pretty sure the picture below looks the closest to one we planted! Thanks


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sooby
Jun 24, 2017 11:53 AM CST
Jai is definitely right then, not scarlet runner beans. I guess we'll all have to wait and see what kind of beans you get from it!
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Danflaps
Aug 5, 2017 1:34 AM CST
Hey guys, so aa you all said its been around 6 weeks and the pods have begun! Have a look at the plant now!

Any ideas as to what kind of beans these are? What size should I take the first harvest at?

Thanks again for your help!
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Aug 5, 2017 2:16 AM CST
Scarlet runners?

You can harvest beans at basically any stage. The bigger they get, the tougher they are. But they'll grow more individual flowers (and beans) if you take them while small/young. It's a tradeoff.
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Danflaps
Aug 5, 2017 2:45 AM CST
Ah yeah the scarlet runner plants on google definitely look like mine! Thanks Jai! Will be harvesting soon then and hope to dry some out for next year too! Thanks again for your help everyone!
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Jai_Ganesha
Aug 5, 2017 2:53 AM CST
You're welcome. Sometimes scarlet runners can produce white seeds (beans) but usually they're dark black and pink.
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