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Beans in heat of inland southern CA

Posted by csross 9 (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 18, 13 at 1:28

I'm a first-time gardener in inland SoCal, growing Provider bush beans and Blue Lake pole beans. My first crop of bush beans were great and are now spent, so I tore them out recently. My second batch and the pole beans are growing well, but not producing beans any more. I assume it's too hot for them to be setting fruit, since we're averaging 95F and have had spans of over 100. Considering this is still only mid-July, and we can expect the same weather until Sept, what should I do with my beans? Not bother planting any more bush beans until late Aug? Do I rip out the pole beans and replant them later too? Or just water heavily and try to string them along until it cools off? Thanks for your advice!

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RE: Beans in heat of inland southern CA

Here in Oklahoma we have heat very similar to yours. The heat is almost certainly what's keeping them from setting pods. If the plants look alright, I just keep them watered and hope that they survive in good enough condition to bear fruit in the fall.

If you can coax a new planting of bush beans along, it is good to get another planting started. I've planted in August and had a good crop of bush beans before our average October 23 frost.

Chris, another idea to consider for next year is to try something like Rattlesnake pole beans. They set pods in hotter temperatures than most pole beans.

Tahlequah, OK

RE: Beans in heat of inland southern CA

Tepary beans are native to and are grown in the low desert of the southwest so that is one option. I would read through the descriptions of beans on internet seed vendors and look for the ones described as being heat & drought tolerant; Native Seed/Search is the best source. Probably any of the Hopi beans as they dry garden. Southern Exposure is another good source for warmer parts of the country. I came across a bush lima bean, Jackson Wonder with that in the description. Blue Coco is another one. Look into cowpeas and yardlong beans. I wouldn't rip out the polebeans, as soon as the temps come down they will start flowering and setting fruit, lots of them because the plants are big and have lots of foliage.

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