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do I prune pole beans??

Posted by noodlesportland NW (My Page) on
Sat, May 23, 09 at 23:10

I have planted pole beans about 2 weeks ago and thanks the OP who showed the most amazing picts (sorry don't have the name handy but it was great!!)we have a good looking pole bean patch as we built a good trellis system. We are in the NW and, yes, they are growing and attaching counterclockwise. My question is--as they grow I see new shoots coming off of the main plants. (sorry but I do not know gardening language). Do I pinch these off? or do I let all of them grow? Thanks!!


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RE: do I prune pole beans??

  • Posted by anney Georgia 8 (My Page) on
    Sun, May 24, 09 at 7:57

Let all of them grow! They'll eventually find the trellis and wind around it, too. To be honest, I've never heard of anyone removing pole bean shoots, but I suppose it isn't impossible -- I think you'd just decrease your bean production if you did.


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THANKS!


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I AGREE with Anney, let them grow...BTW what typ; scratch that! you already answered .


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Agreed-Let 'em grow. When I did pole beans, there were a few vines that had a hard time finding the net...Just let 'em go until there's enough length and place the vine on the net and it'll do the rest.


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Takes about two trips a week or ten days apart to get all the vines trained to the net. After that the shoots will find it themselves.


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Hey--thanks all--I have never grown them before--just bush beans, which were not successful. My pole beans vines are gorgeous and I can't believe how they have found the way up on their own. Some have about 4-5 tall already. A few leaves have had slug holes so I have pinched those off.


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