Kentuck Wonder and Sunflowers

lannegreenelagJuly 12, 2008

I read in a compatability table that pole beans, Kentucky Wonder this year, are not compatible with sunflowers. Is this true and if so what are the effects? I must confess my sunflowers (not sure what kind, but for edible seed)are close enough to my beans that several vines have climed them.

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farmerdilla

Sunflowers are heavy feeders, which tend to out compete beans. When water or nutrients are scarce, the sunflower is going to get whatever is available. They are very competitive.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2008 at 9:06PM
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deanriowa(4b)

"Sunflowers are heavy feeders, which tend to out compete beans."

Can I assume then, if a gardener keep the sunflowers and beans, watered and fertilized, they could grow good together?

thanks,
Dean

    Bookmark   July 13, 2008 at 12:59AM
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farmerdilla

Good is relative , Dean. If you have rich soil with plenty of water, yes they will grow together. Be warned , tho, that sunflowers don't have a strong base. Expect the beans to pull them down in the first thunderstorm.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2008 at 8:05AM
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lannegreenelag

That makes sense. I guess the compost has kept them both fairly happy, lord known we have had plenty of rain. I'll separate them a bit more in the future. I agree I'd not count on the flowers as the beans main support but a few tendrills haven't caused any problem. The main reason the to crops ended out near each other is because of both of their hights (these sunflowers are ~6') and my attempt to max production while not shading other crops.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2008 at 1:27PM
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