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Questions About Butter Beans

Asked by
Anonymous on
November 22, 2010

Q. Butterbeans Blooms but No Beans???

I am in southwest GA. My butterbeans are healthy looking, have bloomed their hearts out, and are still full of blooms but I haven’t had any beans. What am I doing wrong? I have grown beans before but never had this problem.

Answered by
Nikki on
November 22, 2010
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This can happen if pollination is disrupted, which happens if the pollinators are kept from the plants. Bad weather, insecticide, and heat are what can keep bees and other insects from pollinating your garden. This article may help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/insect-pollination-process.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 26, 2010

Q. Dwarf Butter Beans Wilt

Each year I plant my dwarf butter beans in my plot they begin to wither at the time just before flowering. . . . I usually lose more than 50% of my plants and get hardly any crop. . . other crop plants in the plot seem unaffected during their growth cycle.

Answered by
Heather on
November 27, 2010
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It sounds like they may have Fusarium Wilt. The ones that are not affected may be in uninfected beds. This article will explain more about it:
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/r52101911.html

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 22, 2011

Q. Fertilizing

What kind of fertilizer should be used on speckled butter beans? How much and what amount? I live in northwest Florida.

Answered by
Nikki on
February 23, 2011
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I would recommend an even fertilizer, or amending the soil with compost. Keep in mind that all beans are nitrogen fixing plants, so be careful to avoid heavy nitrogen feedings, which will result in excessive vine growth and no beans. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/beans/growing-butter-beans-in-your-garden.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 12, 2011

Q. Large Butter Beans

I am looking for an old variety of large butter beans that my granny used to grow. It was a white bean that when cooked was a light tan. I am not sure if it was a pole or bush bean. Can you help?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 12, 2011
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You might be talking about either a Carolina butter bean or the Henderson butter bean. Both are white and were once very popular in the South. I am not sure if they cook to tan or not though.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 5, 2011

Q. Butter Beans

I am going to try to grow butter beans for the first time. Can I use the same beans that I buy in the grocery that I cook?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 6, 2011
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It is possible to grow store-bought butter beans; however, these need to be the dry beans and not those purchased from cans. Soak them in water for a few hours and then sprout them in a jar with a wet paper towel, before planting them.

Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/beans/growing-butter-beans-in-your-garden.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 8, 2011

Q. Storage of Fresh Picked Butterbeans

How do you store fresh picked butterbeans?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 9, 2011
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Letting them dry on the plant will help with storage time. When you store them, also try putting them in a breathable container so that any leftover moisture can be let out from the beans.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 14, 2011

Q. Butter Beans

Can you please tell me if I can grow butter beans in the UK (northwest), and if so, where I can get the seeds from?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 14, 2011
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Yes, you can. The seeds should be available through local garden centers, or you can grow them from store bought beans. However, these need to be the dry beans and not those purchased from cans. Soak them in water for a few hours and then sprout them in a jar with a wet paper towel, before planting them.

Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/beans/growing-butter-beans-in-your-garden.htm

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