Fall Beans?

tracydr(9b)September 17, 2012

Has anyone ever tried fall green beans? Just wondering if it's worth a bit of trellis space to try them. I've never had luck with spring beans as it always gets too hot before they set.

I assume a quick maturing variety would be key?

Or, should I just use the space for favas and peas? What about scarlet runner beans?

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I planted purple pole beans some time in the first week of September, with my fingers crossed. Last year I planted bush Contender beans in early October, and got a nice little crop from them. My first ever bean success here! I'm going to plant those again as a bush bean, hopefully in the next week or so.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 6:29PM
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bucks(9 Arizona)

You will find that you can get a fall crop here by planting the first part of October or even a little sooner. However the crop will not be nearly as large as the spring crop. By the way I agree with the other writer, Contender has always been the best of the beans that I have grown here and it is of course a bush type bean. If you are concenred about beating the sun, you are quite safe to plant your seeds the third week of February. By the time they sprout above the soil the threat of frost will be gone and you will get a very nice crop.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 7:20PM
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I'll see if I have any Conteder beans and plan them tonight.
Next spring, I'll have to shoot for Feb instead of March. The Rattlesnakes almost made it, flowers but no beans.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 8:00PM
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My Rattlesnakes were a bust too. I've planted dragon tongue bush beans first of September in the past and got a good crop and I've seen fava beans in the county extension demo garden in Oct. sot they take our fall and winters.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 1:23PM
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haname(z9 AZ NE Phoenix)

I planted butter beans in July. Just for fun, one of the seeds was planted in a pot at the base of a palo blanco tree. Sorry the picture is out of focus. I have to keep wrapping the vine around the little support so it doesn't climb up out of reach. Then besides that I have a few plants at the north and at the south, just to see how they do. So far everything looks pretty good except the south-facing plants are heavily shaded by big okra plants. They aren't nearly as happy as the others.

Wish I had thought of sowing scarlet runner beans. Just for kicks I stuck a few in a pot yesterday to see what happens. The planting calendar I am using is the one from the Urban Farm. It suggests planting snap beans in March and August.

Here is a link that might be useful: Low Desert Planting & Harvest Calendar

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 4:46PM
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MaryMcP Zone 8b - Phx AZ

Thanks for the reminder on the beans. I sowed 3 types of bush beans in early summer - twice - and got zero germination. Looks like my timing was seriously off so I'll try some now, I have dragon tongue (from sundrop!!) that failed to sprout last time. Do you folks soak the beans overnight first?

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 7:48AM
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MaryMcP Zone 8b - Phx AZ

To soak or not to soak beans before planting? Anyone?

    Bookmark   September 26, 2012 at 8:15AM
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Mary, I've never soaked mine, and had no problems with germination.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2012 at 10:38AM
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MaryMcP Zone 8b - Phx AZ

Thank you!!

    Bookmark   September 26, 2012 at 11:35AM
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Pagancat(Phoenix, AZ)

I think soaking just kind of gives you a jump start and eliminates some of the time you need to keep the soil damp to get that germination. In wetter areas, it's not as big of a deal because the ground stays cooler and moister.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2012 at 11:40AM
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