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Old May 14, 2019   #1
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Every year I have this problem. My Pole Beans out grow their poles. I have bean plants that have reached the top of my 8' above ground poles and haven't flowered or set. Is there anything I can do to make them flower and set? or not grow so high so early?

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Hi Mike

Could be too much fertilizer. Neighbor planted in well rotted cotton gin leavings; beautiful plants, no beans.

I grow on a 7' trellis. Rows run North to South. The beans (rattlesnake) grow to the top of the trellis and make a crop rest a week and grow back down the trellis and make a second crop. When they are finished cut the vines at the ground and allow to dry, then you can crumble them off.

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Some of my dry beans bloom early and some bloom late. I know that some beans will bloom in response to day length.

Are the beans you are planting intended for your area? The ones that I grow called Bolitas are really a New Mexico bean but they seem to do OK for me in PA, they just bloom later than my other beans.
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With a few hundred pole varieties under my belt, my observations are that most start blooming about 2-3 feet above the soil line. The vines are probably at about 5 feet or higher at this time. Rarely, but it happens, I'll have plants bloom at about 1 foot above the soil line.



Blue Lake Pole is one exception. The first blooms are usually at about 5- 6 feet up.
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Cornell says
"Pod set is often poor when temperatures exceed 90 F."
Might be a factor in the south

http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/hom...scene8f63.html
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Mike,



What variety or varieties do you plant?
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The reason I went to bush beans, to darn hot.
Plus less plants for more gathering at one time.
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Gary,
I plant Musica, Hunter, and an Italian Yellow. The really tall ones are Musica. It hasn't been 90 degrees yet and the soil is not overly rich. I just do'n't know.

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This year I used Bean Towers from Gardener's Supply. Just over 6 ' high . Musica and a French Yellow both got to the top but this year beans set from the bottom. Have picked about 4 lbs so far. And it looks like I will have at least 2 more pickings.

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ok.I went ahead and ordered some seeds.I am sure they will do fine.
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I have some that are 6 feet and just setting flowers
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