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Broadbean flowers turning black and mushy!!!!


 
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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 4:10 pm    Post subject: Broadbean flowers turning black and mushy!!!! Reply with quote

OK - So my bean plants have come on leaps and bounds, but the lower flowers are turning black and mushy and dying off.
Not quite sure as to what the problem is.

It only seems to be the lower flower buds, so that seems positve.

My worry is that the overhead folliage is a bit squashed due to the bird nets that are there in an attempt to keep the bloody kittens out.




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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it is normal for the blossoms to turn brown and black as they wither. This happens after pollination has taken place. They have fulfilled their function to attract passing insects.
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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats great, Thanks a ton Michael -me and the bumble bees happy out - cheers
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