Will beans climb incline instead of straight up?

emcd124(5)June 3, 2013

I'm working on my son's preschool garden. The idea we're working on is a 'harvest walkway' where we grow indet tomatoes and pole beans up an arched support so that the fruits hang down within reach and the kids can walk under the walkway and pick the fruits.

However this means that the beans would be climbing up a trellis support that wouldnt be perfectly vertical, it would be more like 20 degrees off vertical. Will that pose any problems? I dont have a lot of experience growing pole beans and I've only ever grown them up a vertical pole or string.

Thanks!

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jimster(z7a MA)

I'm sure they will climb an incline.

Jim

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 8:32PM
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sweetquietplace(6 WNC Mtn.)

It will be fun to show the kids how the bean vines only wind around the support one way...counter-clock wise.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 8:46PM
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jimster(z7a MA)

There was an interesting thread on this topic, linked below.

Jim

Here is a link that might be useful: How Do Pole Beans Climb?

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 10:41PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Well runner beans certainly do. I have done a bean tunnel in the past and growing them on wigwams of poles is common. Both on an incline.

BTW I just looked back at that thread , Jim, and it occurred to me that because galina was in the UK s/he was probably talking about P coccineus, not P vulgaris, hence the difference in rotation. Runner beans climb clockwise unlike other beans.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 2:45AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

I checked my scarlet runner beans the other they.
They spiral, what is called RIGHTHANDED. which is like thread on the right handed screw. I also read the old discussion on the spiraling issue. It han nothing to do with, sun, rotation of earth, gravitational force, hemisphere. It happen as part of genetics of plants. Even trees exhibit this in the formation of their grain fiber.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 12:19PM
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