Blue Lake pole beans not flowering

tam91July 18, 2010

Hi - first question from me - this is a great forum. I have six rows of beans. Two kinds of bush beans are producing fine. Then, I have a trellis with two rows of Blue Lake FM-1 pole beans, and a few runner beans at the ends. Third trellis has Neckargold and a few runners.

The bush beans and neckargold all have been producing great for about a week. Neckargold has sort of skimpy vines, but tons of beans. The runner beans are flowering.

The blue lake - nothing. Big vines, no flowers.

They all should have the same soil - it's rich (compost) but I didn't fertilize. All planted on the same day. I did use innoculant. I did have some japanese beetles, but killed them before they ate too much (they were on both trellises).

The beans on either side of the blue lakes are doing great - I can't figure out what's different about them. I've had beans at the other end of the garden last year, they did fine with similar soil conditions.

It has been a hot summer here. We had a ton of rain, not so much lately. I have watered them.

Any ideas?

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unclehead_gw

I hope someone can answer this as I have the exact same problem. I have four rows of Contender bush beans and two rows of Kentucky Wonder pole beans. The bush beans are producing very well and I have picked several times. The pole beans have yet to flower. I fertilized but was told that beans really don't require any fertilizing. All were planted at the same time and two rows of the bush beans are in an area that has a little more shade than I would like,but they are still producing. I have raised the same beans for three years with no problems until now. I also had japanese beetles earlier in the year but they are not an issue presently. I hope someone has an answer.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2010 at 10:58AM
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unclehead_gw

I hope someone can answer this as I have the exact same problem. I have four rows of Contender bush beans and two rows of Kentucky Wonder pole beans. The bush beans are producing very well and I have picked several times. The pole beans have yet to flower. I fertilized but was told that beans really don't require any fertilizing. All were planted at the same time and two rows of the bush beans are in an area that has a little more shade than I would like,but they are still producing. I have raised the same beans for three years with no problems until now. I also had japanese beetles earlier in the year but they are not an issue presently. I hope someone has an answer.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2010 at 11:02AM
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tam91

I think bush beans usually come in earlier than pole beans (that's why I plant them). So that doesn't surprise me. At least I think mine do - you might check the expected maturation date on the packages and see if that's the case for you.

But my pole beans - the believe that the Neckargold were listed as later than the Blue Lake pole beans - so it seems odd to me that the Blue Lakes aren't even flowering while I've been harvesting lots of Neckargold for over a week.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2010 at 9:08AM
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renny12

Not that I am an expert, but I planted Contender and Blue Lake side by side on the same day and the Blue Lake bloomed a full 10 days later than the Contender and produced less. FWIW.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2010 at 1:58PM
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tam91

Hmmm. Thanks. OK, well I guess I'll just consider that the seed pkg fibbed to me, and be glad the vines look nice and healthy. Hopefully they'll produce soon.

In them meantime, the blue lake bush beans are nice, and my bush Gold Rush are delicious - good consolation prizes.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2010 at 2:35PM
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jgheiser

I've got an incredibly lush 8' high trellis of Genuine Cornfield that is showing no sign of flowering. I planted it on May 7, and it is supposed to mature in 70 days, so it is way behind.

My vine limas are looking kinda scraggly this year, and the few pods that I have are not filling out. Some of the bush beans have lost a lot of the pods before they filled out.

June was very dry, but I kept the garden watered. It has been unusually hot this summer, and the last few weeks have seen a lot of late thunderstorms.

Summary: 3 limas, 2 green, nothing to eat yet

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 2:40PM
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tworivers1

I have the same problems with my Blue Lake pole beans. I planted them May 1 and have had only three flowers on one plant.

My Japanese Beetle problem was probably a little worse than yours because of my raspaberry bushes but I still wasn't hit that hard except for the top leaves.

I grew Kentucky Wonder and Neckargold in the same spot last year and got real good production out of both of them. We'll just wait and see but I don't think I will be growing Blue Lake next year.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 3:40PM
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macmex

I'm beginning to wonder if at least some beans delay FLOWERING on account of heat. I have a couple different pole beans, in the garden now, which are growing very well, but have not shown any inclination to flower. The the only pole bean I have which is flowering is Tennessee Cutshort, and it is not producing much. We are experiencing extreme heat, and have been for about a month. It's been an unusual summer here, because we have not only had lots of heat, but also fairly constant rainfall. At least our sweet potatoes should make real well! But I'm hoping, when the temperatures begin to moderate (hopefully) in August, that we're going to get a "gusher" of beans!

George
Tahlequah, OK

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 6:49AM
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tam91

It has been hot. I had both Kentucky Wonder and Blue Lake pole beans last year - seems they both did fine. I really like the taste of the Blue Lake. Well, still crossing my fingers, terrific vines - they're so long they're sticking off the top of the trellis, and literally grab me when I walk by!

I hope the Blue Lake come in before the Neckargold quit - I really enjoy cooking dishes with the two together.

Now, if they'd just make a purple bean that stays purple after cooking...

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 5:51PM
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riverspots

I think the extreme heat this summer has put my pole beans (Fortex) off from flowering. I planted fairly early and flowering had started before the high temps set in. Then flowering stopped altogether. After a couple of cooler (below 93) weeks, the beans began to set flowers again. Last summer, which was much cooler here, this variety was producing like crazy-more beans than leaves.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2010 at 8:59PM
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tam91

Well, I still have a few Neckargold. The Blue Lakes are finally flowering a little - but no signs of a bean yet. Wow that is slow.

Interestingly, I have had some flowers on Scarlet Runner Beans for ages - but no beans.

Very wierd year for beans.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2010 at 10:26AM
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walterc2

Alas, I am experiencing the non-flowering problem with my blue lake pole beans as well. I am very fearfull that for the first time, after many years of planting pole beans, that I will end up with ZERO beans!

It has been blistering hot for several weeks here in the STL area, and I am presuming that is the problem.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2010 at 9:31AM
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unclehead_gw

I responded to this thread on July 18 at which time my Ky. Wonder pole beans had yet to flower. A week or so later, the temps cooled a little from mid 90's to low to mid 80's. Within days the vines started flowering and I have picked beans twice in the last week. Strangely, the bush beans have shut down much of their production. Good luck. Unc

    Bookmark   August 10, 2010 at 12:48PM
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cats39(z5 Upstate NY)

I live in Upsate Central New York State z5 and planted my Romano Italian Pole Beans (by transplant as I always do) on Memorial Day Weekend.

I have the most fantastic looking vines any Gardner would envy, and "Jack" would die for. Problem as above "No Flowers", "No Beans". First time ever that's happened and we have had a pretty hot summer with many days in the 90's.

I'm ready to start cutting down as the vines are so long, I would not be surprised in the 12' or more foot length that they are stressing out my pole and string system to the point getting ready to crash to the ground.

As from this post it sounds like the heat may be the cause. It's to bad we love beans and tomatoes in oil. And of course for the second year we've got the blight on tomatoes. But at least we'll have tomatoes till September.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2010 at 4:07PM
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happyday(WI4a)

I sprayed all my vines with a high phosphorus soluble fertilizer nearly two weeks ago, and was rewarded with a flush of blooms on nearly all of them. (There is one vine that still hasn't bloomed. Maybe I missed spraying that one.) They are all forming pods too so it isn't just blooms. It has been hot here too, with a few cooler days, and 4 inches of rain.

This is the first year I did not use innoculant, and these are the slowest vines to flower ever. YMMV.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2010 at 4:52PM
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bird_nutty(SW conn)

I have a different problem that I'm somebody can provide an answer for. I have tons of flowers on my purple pole beans, and have had them for well over a month. But nary a bean. Plenty of bees, strictly organic, plants look healthy (and my tallest vine is about 12 foot tall) But no beans! Help!

    Bookmark   August 11, 2010 at 1:52PM
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happyday(WI4a)

Did you look closely through the leaves near the bottom?

    Bookmark   August 11, 2010 at 2:55PM
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