Heavy Branching

drloydJuly 5, 2013

Some pole beans are described as heavily branching.

Red Eye Greasy Fall, Hazard Fall and Leslie Tenderpod may possibly all be the same variety. So far, each plant typically has a vine that has gone beyond the top of its trellis and two additional vines that are on the way up.

Emerite plants are making just one vine per plant so far. Not heavily branched, at least not yet.

NT Half Runner has been known to cover more than 10 feet of trellis with a single plant even though it is a half runner. That sounds like heavy branching.

When a bean is described as heavy branching, about how many climbing vines per plant are we talking about?

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Both Red Eye Greasy Fall and Hazard Fall beans are doing a lot of branching with up to 8 vines per plant now. Both are trying to cross over to the neighboring trellises 4 feet away.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 12:24AM
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Red Eye Greasy Fall, Hazard Fall and Leslie Tenderpod are all making a new vine from each leaf base so there are a very large number of branches with no sign of blossoms. I think I know what heavy branching looks like.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 11:01PM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

"Goose", "Striped Cornfield", and "KY Wonder" meet my criteria for heavy branching, with 5-7 vigorous full-length runners sprouting from the base. "Woods Mountain Crazy Bean" is the most heavily branched bush bean I've grown, followed by "Giant Red Tarka"... they both look like bush beans grafted onto a pole bean rootstock.

But even the most vigorous pole beans have a hard time keeping up with pole limas; I plant those 24-36" apart (depending upon variety) and they still completely cover the trellis! I'm growing "Hopi Pole" again this year; the vines are off to a good start, and have already begun to flower.

"Emerite" and "Fortex", IMO, are more on the wispy side... I thin them to 2 @ 12", as opposed to the 1 @ 12" spacing I give most pole beans.

I should note that soil, shade, and climate can influence the degree of branching from year to year. When I last grew "Hopi Pole", it was on my rural plot, with full sunlight & high fertility. It branched heavily from the base, but was not very aggressive vertically. This year it is in one of my home plots, with less fertile soil, and late afternoon shade... and shot to the top of the trellis quickly.

Drloyd, it sounds like you are growing some interesting beans. Wish I could try them... but Mother Nature has been teaching me humility in recent years. My rural plot - which is the main garden for trials & seed production - was wet & unworkable until July again, as it was in 2011. As they say, "The best laid plans...". I'm sure I will still do a few trials, but I am being forced to scale back for at least the next few years, and focus on preserving what I already have.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2013 at 1:04AM
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Zeedman thank you for your post, useful as always. Sorry to hear about your rural garden. It sounds like some of my past experiences of poking seeds into cold mud in June.

I agree about Giant Red Tarka. It acts like that here too. Striped Cornfield on the other hand is on the wispy side here. The vines hardly branch at all and they look a lot like Emerite!

A couple of my new beans including Blue Greasy Grit tend to sprawl before they climb and I plan to check them for branching at the base. - Dick

This post was edited by drloyd on Tue, Jul 30, 13 at 18:26

    Bookmark   July 25, 2013 at 10:38AM
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