do I prune pole beans??

noodlesportland(NW)May 23, 2009

I have planted pole beans about 2 weeks ago and thanks the OP who showed the most amazing picts (sorry don't have the name handy but it was great!!)we have a good looking pole bean patch as we built a good trellis system. We are in the NW and, yes, they are growing and attaching counterclockwise. My question is--as they grow I see new shoots coming off of the main plants. (sorry but I do not know gardening language). Do I pinch these off? or do I let all of them grow? Thanks!!

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anney(Georgia 8)

Let all of them grow! They'll eventually find the trellis and wind around it, too. To be honest, I've never heard of anyone removing pole bean shoots, but I suppose it isn't impossible -- I think you'd just decrease your bean production if you did.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2009 at 7:57AM
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    Bookmark   May 24, 2009 at 11:51PM
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I AGREE with Anney, let them grow...BTW what typ; scratch that! you already answered .

    Bookmark   May 25, 2009 at 12:23AM
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jwmeyer(Z8 OR)

Agreed-Let 'em grow. When I did pole beans, there were a few vines that had a hard time finding the net...Just let 'em go until there's enough length and place the vine on the net and it'll do the rest.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2009 at 6:33PM
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Takes about two trips a week or ten days apart to get all the vines trained to the net. After that the shoots will find it themselves.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 4:30PM
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Hey--thanks all--I have never grown them before--just bush beans, which were not successful. My pole beans vines are gorgeous and I can't believe how they have found the way up on their own. Some have about 4-5 tall already. A few leaves have had slug holes so I have pinched those off.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 6:44PM
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