I have a jungle of vines but very few good beans. What can be done (maybe next year) about this problem?
Beans do best in soil that has been inoculated. This article will explain more on that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/beans/soil-inoculants.htm
Beyond that, I would recommend a balanced fertilizer for beans. If you have lots of foliage growth, it may have too much nitrogen as these plants produce nitrogen on their own. If you have blossoms but no pods, this article may help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/beans/bean-blossoms-no-pods.htm
The pods of my butter beans are a fairly big size, but the beans themselves are very small. Does anyone know what would cause this?
Sounds like you are picking them too early. Feel a pod for an idea of the size of beans.
The plants are healthy but produce no beans. What am I doing wrong? I have tried planting by the signs of the moon and nothing seems to work. Just have beautiful plants.
If you're seeing blooms but still no beans, then this article may help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/beans/bean-blossoms-no-pods.htm
There are a number of factors that could be causing your difficulty. The super hot weather we've been having will cause butter beans to drop their blossoms, so you get no production. Lush vine growth can also indicate too much nitrogen. If you are spray insecticides try to do it in the early morning or late afternoon. Butter beans can be a bit touchy about that. Keep them well water and hopefully if we get a break from this intense heat, they'll start throwing bloom.
I planted butter beans and pole beans in the same raised bed. The vines are huge and green, but alas, no blossoms. I side dressed with bone meal, and am wondering if there is a foliar spray that might work faster than the soil amendment to make the vines bloom.
This year's strange weather may be affecting your bean production or your plants may be getting too much nitrogen. Beans can sometimes take up to 60 days to produce. Hang in there!
Can I plant Henderson butter beans now and get a harvest before cold weather in Gloucester Point, VA?
this should be of help to you:
My butter beans have lots of blooms but do not make beans. What could be the problem?
Butter beans have a long growing period and do not like excessive high temps. That is probably what is causing your problems. To help your beans keep the soil evenly moist during flowering and pod formation. Rain or overhead irrigation during flowering can cause flowers and small pods to fall off. Once the soil temperature averages greater than 60°F, mulch to conserve moisture.
When do you plant a late crop of butter beans in your garden? I live in South Carolina.
Contact your local extension office (found under gov't in the phone book) They will be able to provide you with year round planting time schedules for your area. They may also be able to suggest which varieties do best in your area for optimum production.