Since I’ve previously had problems finding Fortex pole bean seed, I saved some from last year’s crop. The bucket of dry crunchy bean pods has been sitting in the garage, waiting for a germination test. I just brought one bean pod in for testing. Four seeds tested, all sprouted in less than 48 hours. I’d best consider shelling the rest of those beans.
Gardening like I'm gonna live forever, right here in central Iowa. Posting since 2008.
Last year I planted Blauhilde from Baker Creek in two different places. At the community garden in a raised bed with a teepee and at home in the garden next to the fence. The community garden is at least a zone warmer, in the city between two brick buildings. Anyway, at the community garden, the beans came up well and climbed the teepee and had a great harvest, and then all died off abruptly after that. At home, the beans were very slow to sprout and then very slow to climb and looked sparse. A few months later, the home garden beans I had all but given up on suddenly took off and climbed up and over the 6-foot fence. Then they started bearing beans like crazy every day and this went on and on until frost finally killed them. They filled the freezer and then some. What do you make of that? Some of the slow start could have been the cooler soil at home, but they didn't start growing well for months. I have puzzled over this and thought I would ask to see if anyone had any ideas.
Post by pepperhead212 on Feb 28, 2021 22:52:38 GMT -5
I've never had this happen with Blauhilde before - they are some of the earliest beans that I grow every year, but they do stop, if it gets too hot, like in the high 90s, which stops most of my beans, much like tomatoes. But they also start up again, when the temperature goes down. The long beans are the ones that I grow, that are not bothered by heat. The only thing I can think of that would cause them dying off would be disease, though they are more resistant than other purple varieties I've tried.
Post by desertwoman on Feb 28, 2021 23:04:43 GMT -5
ecsoehng, beans like warm soil to get going. I think your guess that your home soil may have been too cool is a good one. I don't plant my beans until early/mid June and even then they get a slow start and don't really take off until end July or August.
Northern New Mexico Zone 6b (formerly Zone 5) Posting since 2005
I had the same issue with a red cut short bean that's been in my family for generations. They just sat there doing nothing forever, and then all of the sudden they started climbing and out-producing all of the other beans in the garden. These are the only bean my mom grows and though we're only about fifteen miles apart, there'seems to be 7-10 days difference in our growing seasons because of elevation. Her beans had all died down a good month before mine finally succumbed to frost.
Kentucky Wonder pole are the ones I've been growing for years and saving the seed every year. I did branch out last year to an earlier producing bush type, Provider and Contender. Both did well. Saved seed from them too.
emmsmommy, glad to know I am not the only one! These are red beans Mumsey, I do grow Kentucky wonder sometimes. I had bush beans but they have a lot of problems with beetles here because there are soy fields very near. I have to use a lot of spray early on. The pole beans don't seem to have as much of a problem with beetles, I guess because they are further from the ground.