Can I give my pole beans some kind of push?

alisande(Zone 4b)August 25, 2012

My Kentucky Wonders were planted late this year. The plants are huge and full of leaves, but not much is going on bean-wise. A flower here and there, and maybe 4 or 5 developing beans.

I don't usually fertilize them, but do you recommend that I give them something? I'm afraid we'll get a frost before they start producing in earnest.


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jimster(z7a MA)

All of my pole beans took what seemed like an excruciatingly long time to start bearing this year. Then they took off and have been producing loads of beans. Maybe yours are on the verge of producing. Let's hope so.

One difference with mine though is that mine were growing poorly at first from what appeared to be a nitrogen deficiency, which is not the case with yours. They responded to a couple of applications of liquid fertilizer.

Good luck.


    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 5:42PM
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alisande(Zone 4b)

Thanks, Jim. After reading your post I decided to try a little liquid fertilizer too. So far so good. However, now an insect has moved into the bean arch. (See my other post.)

    Bookmark   August 30, 2012 at 8:31PM
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