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pole beans in the high desert

Post  Palmdale Steve on 9/23/2011, 8:29 pm

I am looking for help in finding a pole bean or string bean that will grow in the high desert part of LOS ANGELES county -ZONE 10?

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Post  Chopper on 9/23/2011, 11:09 pm

I had great success with Kentucky Wonder. I planted way too much and they were tremendously prolific.

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Post  Palmdale Steve on 9/25/2011, 7:18 pm

Thank you CHOPPER for the reply but I am in a dryer semi-arid area than you I think. I will try them in the spring though. I had great vine growth this year but few beans.I have a lot of rosemary and two PALOS VERDE trees that really attract the bees so I do not think that pollination was a problem. It was a mild spring this year and did not get real warm until MEMORIAL DAY.

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Post  tabletopper on 9/29/2011, 7:24 am

are you trying the 3 sisters?.....or bush beans...maybe with hoop houses.......

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Post  camprn on 9/29/2011, 4:36 pm

I am not in your area but I sweet success with Rattlesnake pole beans this year. I will be giving up my Kentucky Wonders next year.

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Post  janefss2002 on 9/29/2011, 9:27 pm

I second Rattlesnake. I've planted them here in the Dallas area for 3 years. They have always produced for me. This year has been a challenge for Texas with our drought and record temps. In the past they produce for me a little in spring, go dormant, and then come on strong in the fall. I just water/love them through the hot summer and then they reward me in abundance in the fall. This year is no exception. They are now starting to reward me. Hope this helps!
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Post  Chopper on 9/30/2011, 4:23 am

@Palmdale Steve wrote:Thank you CHOPPER for the reply but I am in a dryer semi-arid area than you I think. I will try them in the spring though. I had great vine growth this year but few beans.I have a lot of rosemary and two PALOS VERDE trees that really attract the bees so I do not think that pollination was a problem. It was a mild spring this year and did not get real warm until MEMORIAL DAY.

It is not too late to plant them this month - last month to plant beans around here, although you may be able o stretch it where you are. I think this would be a good time.

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Post  CharlesB on 1/11/2012, 7:15 am

In SFG growing rattlesnake, what was your spacing of the plants? I am assuming you grew them up a trellis, how tall?
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Post  janefss2002 on 1/11/2012, 8:50 pm

Hi Charles,
I've grown Rattlesnakes for 2 years now. I plant mine 8 per square.

I have planted them in a square with a 7 foot pole in the middle and string staked out to the four corners. I then planted 2 per stake for the 8 per square. They grew nicely up the strings and hung over the top!

This year I planted them 8 per square next to a net trellis like this:
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O O O O (staggered, can't quite make it come out typing this)
These are planted in the back 4th or 3rd of the square. I can then use the front of the square for short plants like radishes or onions etc.
My trellis was part of a 7 foot arbor. They grew up the trellis and across the top of the arbor. Shocked Beans hanging down through the arbor netting were easy to pick.

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Post  camprn on 1/11/2012, 8:58 pm

I really liked the Rattlesnakes, not as hard to pick as the 12 foot tall Kentucky Wonders.

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Post  CharlesB on 1/11/2012, 9:57 pm

@janefss2002 wrote:
This year I planted them 8 per square next to a net trellis like this:
back of square and trellis
O O O O
O O O O

Thanks Jane! This is exactly what I was looking for. I did not know one could grow that many that close together. I'll give it a shot this year. Is your trellis pretty much covered with foliage this way?

Also nice to know the Kentucky's get taller. I'll have to see how high I would be able to reach with my ladder Laughing.
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