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Climbing beans theory.


 
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tippben
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:59 pm    Post subject: Climbing beans theory. Reply with quote

Heard on GQT that beans only produce when the leaders can't climb anymore, and have to hang horizontally. Apparently a hormone is switched on, stimulating flowering. Is this true? I may radically redesign my bean support strategies next year.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It doesn't seem to be from my personal experience this year. I had flowers and beans developing while the leaders were growing up a string in the tunnel. These were French beans.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Mangetout this year didn't seem to care last year that the netting it was climbing up was much higher than it wanted to grow and gave a great crop However the Borlotti "Firetongue" was a disaster, it kept growing up and and up and only when it reached the top did it decide to grow some pods which was too late in the year for a decent crop.
I'm going to try the Borletti again next year about half the height of this year to test the theory.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard that theory before and believe there could be something in it. Apples can be encouraged to fruit but bending the branches to stimulate hormones in the tree.
http://www.rhs.org.uk/Children/For-families/Grow-it!/Broad-beans
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