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Are a disaster this year. I planted them in May, they refused to flower
until recently although growing well. I have three tiny beans an inch long
and a few flowers now. Too late. Is it the weather?






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Christina Websell wrote:
Are a disaster this year. I planted them in May, they refused to flower
until recently although growing well. I have three tiny beans an inch long
and a few flowers now. Too late. Is it the weather?


Yes. Although I had quite a few beans, the cropping period was short.
I picked a few today though.

I've never known so many crop failures in a year. I think I will be
making a lot of green tomato chutney this year.

More rain to come on Wednesday.
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| Are a disaster this year. I planted them in May, they refused to flower
| until recently although growing well. I have three tiny beans an inch long
| and a few flowers now. Too late. Is it the weather?

Yes. I have a 'cage' 4m x 4m x 2m and usually have them coming out
of my ears (literally). This year, my climbing blue beans have
been a near-total disaster, and the others haven't been successful.


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Christina Websell writes
Are a disaster this year. I planted them in May, they refused to flower
until recently although growing well. I have three tiny beans an inch long
and a few flowers now. Too late. Is it the weather?

Probably. My experience is that runners do better when it is wet, and
french with a hot dry summer.
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| Christina Websell writes
| Are a disaster this year. I planted them in May, they refused to flower
| until recently although growing well. I have three tiny beans an inch long
| and a few flowers now. Too late. Is it the weather?
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| Probably. My experience is that runners do better when it is wet, and
| french with a hot dry summer.

Which is VERY obvious with mine :-)


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On Mon, 8 Sep 2008 22:02:21 +0100, "Christina Websell"
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Are a disaster this year. I planted them in May, they refused to flower
until recently although growing well. I have three tiny beans an inch long
and a few flowers now. Too late. Is it the weather?


I guess so. I planted equal numbers of runner beans and climbing
French, and have had hardly any of the latter. Runners did extremely
well.




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On Sep 8, 10:02*pm, "Christina Websell"
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Are a disaster this year. *I planted them in May, they refused to flower
until recently although growing well. *I have three tiny beans an inch long
and a few flowers now. *Too late. *Is it the weather?


I'm having trouble keeping up with my runner bean crop, and we've been
all but flooded here in the East of Ireland!

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On Sep 9, 1:51*pm, Pam Moore wrote:
On Mon, 8 Sep 2008 22:02:21 +0100, "Christina Websell"

wrote:
Are a disaster this year. *I planted them in May, they refused to flower
until recently although growing well. *I have three tiny beans an inch long
and a few flowers now. *Too late. *Is it the weather?


I guess so. *I planted equal numbers of runner beans and climbing
French, and have had hardly any of the latter. *Runners did extremely
well.



Pam in Bristol


Oh, OK. That explains my glut, then.

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Hello all,

I was amazed to see this post as I have the opposite situation this year. I
am in Lincs and for the last five years I have been using 'Climbing French
bean, Neckarkonigin' which are only about fifty pence for a large packet in
Lidl.

I always have great success with them and this year they have been
exceptional. So many eaten, given away, frozen and now can't keep up and am
leaving them to dry for the winter. I usually put a row in the soil and some
in a container up a wigwam. The ones in the container have had a humungous
crop. This year just by change I had a large pot with a lavender plant next
to them which was always alive with bees; could they have been responsible?

Sorry getting carried away but I do recommend folks to try those beans; they
have a great flavour and are totally stringless. They always appear in the
spring when Lidl put out their seed racks.

Good luck

Steve.

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| I was amazed to see this post as I have the opposite situation this year. I
| am in Lincs and for the last five years I have been using 'Climbing French
| bean, Neckarkonigin' which are only about fifty pence for a large packet in
| Lidl.
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| ...
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| Sorry getting carried away but I do recommend folks to try those beans; they
| have a great flavour and are totally stringless. They always appear in the
| spring when Lidl put out their seed racks.

Mine have not done very well.


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Hello all,

I was amazed to see this post as I have the opposite situation this year.
I am in Lincs and for the last five years I have been using 'Climbing
French bean, Neckarkonigin' which are only about fifty pence for a large
packet in Lidl.

I always have great success with them and this year they have been
exceptional. So many eaten, given away, frozen and now can't keep up and
am leaving them to dry for the winter.



I'm happy for you. My situation has been the reverse and it seems I'm not
alone. It's the first year I haven't planted runner beans as well. Could
kick myself now as everyone's runners seem to have done so well.
I'm beanless..







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Christina Websell wrote:


Are a disaster this year. I planted them in May, they refused to flower
until recently although growing well. I have three tiny beans an
inch long
and a few flowers now. Too late. Is it the weather?


Yes. Although I had quite a few beans, the cropping period was short.
I picked a few today though.


I've never known so many crop failures in a year. I think I will be
making a lot of green tomato chutney this year.


More rain to come on Wednesday.


Wednesday?

It's early then...

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Christina Websell writes


Are a disaster this year. I planted them in May, they refused to flower
until recently although growing well. I have three tiny beans an inch long
and a few flowers now. Too late. Is it the weather?

Probably. My experience is that runners do better when it is wet, and
french with a hot dry summer.


My runners are - doing a runner this year.

I was told that the naturally favoured habitat of runner beans is in the
vicinity of waterfalls in Central/South America, where they thrive on
the airborne water droplets.

Seems reasonable...

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Christina Websell writes
Are a disaster this year. I planted them in May, they refused to flower
until recently although growing well. I have three tiny beans an inch
long
and a few flowers now. Too late. Is it the weather?

Probably. My experience is that runners do better when it is wet, and
french with a hot dry summer.


Both my runners and climbing french have gone mad, far too many to eat!

Alan




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