This page provides information for the Home Gardener for Growing Pole Beans. We will be growing the Fortex. I have had pole beans as tall as ten feet. I had to get a ladder to get to them. The reason why the plants were so tall is I over did it with the fertilizer.
If plants are given too much fertilizer, mainly nitrogen then the plant will grow and grow but it will not put out any produce.
To fix this just cut back on the nitrogen.
Grow pole beans on trellises or large mesh fencing, 4-pole tepees, or single poles. Sow seeds 1" deep, spaced 3" apart in rows 4' apart after soil temperature exceeds 60°F. If using poles, plant 7 seeds at the base of each pole.
CULTURE: PLANTING: Grow pole beans on trellises or large mesh fencing, 4-pole tepees, or single poles. Sow seeds 1" deep, spaced 3" apart in rows 4' apart after soil temperature exceeds 60 degrees. If using poles, plant 7 seeds at the base of each pole.
Place fence posts 8-10' apart to support the growing pole beans, and support a 9-gauge galvanized wire at the top. With twine, lash trellis to the wire (or zigzag our natural sisal trellis twine between the top wire and a bottom twine). Anchor bottom of trellis with stakes or hoops of 9-gauge wire.
DISEASES: Plow under or remove and compost bean straw in the fall to hasten destruction of any disease organisms. Practice crop rotation of at least three years.
INSECT PESTS: Mexican bean beetles can be controlled with rotenone or pyrethrin.
Harvest regularly to encourage new pod set.
STORAGE: Store at 40°F and 90% humidity for 7-10 days. They can also be frozen or canned.
The one bright spot we did have for Growing Pole Beans in the Fall was growing the Red Noodle which is yard long pole bean. It had beautiful dark burgundy pods. We had beans as long as 16" in clusters of up to four. The beans had a sweet, tender flavor.
But just as they started producing really good we had a freeze and they died instantly. I had a heater in the greenhouse for them but I guess it was not enough.
Below is a picture of the Fortex Green Bean that I have dipped in an Inoculant.
Well our pole beans only took five days to come up. Below are a couple of pictures of their progress.
I am using some lattice panels I had to let them grow on.
In the pictures below are the pole beans. They are growing strong and tall. They are also putting out a lot of beans as see in the last picture. The beans are green but the light from the camera makes them look yellow.
I believe the inoculant we added has helped our Pole Beans.
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The seed is a living embryo that contains enough energy to germinate and break the surface. But if planted too deep, it will run out of energy and die before it breaks the surface.
Keep the soil moist, but not wet, with a temperature of at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Over watering will drown the seed. Here is a good rule to follow: The dirt should be moist like brown sugar up to the first knuckle of your finger. If it is dry frolike salt, the dirt is too dry for your seeds to germinate. If it is wet like cake batter, then it is too wet.
The best watering is bottom watering. Put your starter pots in a tray and let them soak up the water they need until they germinate. Pour the water in the tray, not in each pot. Watering the top of the pot can dislodge the germinating seeds and kill them.
Seeds should germinate in about 7 to 14 days, and sometimes even 21 days, depending on the seed type.
If you are starting your seeds indoors, seeds need 12 to 14 hours of daylight a day. A grow light will be needed. A regular florescent or lamp light will not do the job.
This means you will need to make a small investment. Putting your pots on a window sill will not work in most cases. If the seeds do not get enough light, they will grow tall and thin and then die.