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Rector Arkansas
Sep 17, 2017 9:31 AM CST
For two years I have been trying to raise king of the garden butterbeans with no luck. Garden has rich sandy loam soil , seeds are planted by the old farmer almanac. The bean vines grow 12/14 ft high on cane poles with lots and lots of blooms, but no bean pods what is wrong?Rector Arkansas
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Sep 17, 2017 9:49 AM CST
For some reason, your beans are not getting pollinated. I don't know why as beans are self-pollinating. Are you using beans from the same packet every year? Or buying new beans?
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Sep 17, 2017 10:37 AM CST
I have an ideal to try. Tomatoes are also self pollinating. If tomatoes are not setting. In the early morning you go to each cluster of flowers, and give them a little flick with your finger. That pollinates them.
So ! It would make since, if you gave your pole of butterbeans a good shake, it would pollinate them also.
Worth a try, i say.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Sep 17, 2017 8:29 PM CST
@imhynds , when did you plant your butterbeans? It may be that the weather has been too hot for them, in which case they may start producing as the weather gets cooler.
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