Bean Plants

Pole or Snap Beans

Anonymous added on June 15, 2011 | Answered

I am growing pole/snap beans in a container on my patio. The plants are doing very well and have become very dramatic on the trellis; however, they have yet to bloom or produce any beans. Do the vines need to be cut or pruned in order to begin producing and stop climbing?

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Answered on June 16, 2011

It is not recommended to prune these plants. Pole beans take several weeks longer to start producing than bush beans. Be patient and do not over fertilize, especially with a fertilizer high in nitrogen, as these promote more foliage. Instead, purchase a fertilizer higher in phosphorus. A good ratio is 10-20-10.

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