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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 6/23/2013, 12:26 pm

I have some purple bush beans planted in front of my pole beans.  They came up and produced much earlier than the bush beans and have slowed down quite a bit though there are still blossoms and babies on them.

1.  Can I renew their activity with a pruning?
2.  Would it be better if I just planted more pole beans where they are planted?
3.  Or should I prune and plant the pole beans and cut away the bush beans once the pole bean get their start?

Other suggestions?  Thanks in advance!
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Post  RoOsTeR on 6/23/2013, 1:29 pm

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Re: Purple Bush Bean question

Post  GWN on 6/23/2013, 2:54 pm

I have some purple bush beans planted in front of my pole beans. They came up and produced much earlier than the bush beans and have slowed down quite a bit though there are still blossoms and babies on them.
This sentence does not make sense, but I am guessing you mean that the bush beans came up early and blocked out the pole beans.
Beans, as long as you keep picking them will keep blooming, as long as the weather suits them. I find you might get a lull in the flowers if the weather gets bad, IE too hot or too cold, but when things normalize with the weather, they resume blooming.
I do not think you need to prune beans, however I have never grown pole beans until this year. I just envision adding more bamboo poles the to current ones I have until they.... reach the sky Crybaby
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Re: Purple Bush Bean question

Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 6/24/2013, 11:09 am

Oops, I just noticed I didn't put this in the right forum, please feel free to move it where it should be!

And, no, that's not what I meant, sorry (it was perfectly clear to me, LOL!)  

I planted a row of four squares at the back with Kentucky Wonder Beans at the same time that the Purple bush beans were planted in the four rows in front of them.  The bush beans came up more quickly in the cooler spring temps and have produced quite well.  Now the pole beans are starting to grow well behind them, some are reaching to the top of the trellis already.  However, the bush beans have slowed their production significantly.  I have always picked them every few days to keep them producing.

Should I pull the bush beans?  Should I prune them to encourage more growth?  Will they respond to a pruning or will they just continue to slow down their production?  Should I simply plant the next planting of pole beans in and around the bush beans and when they start to take over, pull the bush beans?    

Or would I do better to pull them completely and plant more pole beans for the rest of the summer.  Pole beans produce so much more per square and I'm looking for the best production.

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Post  donnainzone5 on 6/24/2013, 11:35 am

Bush beans produce for a shorter time, usually just a couple o pickings, while pole beans are harvested over a longer period of time.

Probably, your bush beans are nearly spent. I'd pull and compost them when they're producing few beans and there are no new blossoms forming.
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Post  quiltbea on 6/24/2013, 12:25 pm

I agree with donnain. The bush beans have had their harvest. Pull them out. Give more room to the pole beans now.
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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 6/24/2013, 3:25 pm

Thanks for the feedback. I had come to the conclusion that both of you posted. You confirmed what I thought I remembered, that bush beans are more of a short period harvest.

So I cut off the old spent growth (there are quite a few blossoms and baby beans yet) and planted new seeds at the base of the old. As the new beans sprout, I'll cut off the old bush beans and send them to the compost pile.
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Re: Purple Bush Bean question

Post  quiltbea on 6/24/2013, 7:20 pm

audrey....If you leave the old ones in, they are zapping the food from the soil so that the new ones won't have any so be sure to add sufficient compost to the squares as you add those new seeds.
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Re: Purple Bush Bean question

Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 6/25/2013, 12:22 am

That's a good reminder, I do plan to top dress with a fresh layer of compost :-)
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