They make a lot of vines and blooms, but only a handful of beans on a 60 ft row. I have them growing on a nylon fence 6 ft high.
This is a pollination problem. Without pollination, the blossoms will not turn into beans. These articles can help you improve your pollination:
My father (age 93) has always grown pole butterbeans. He taught me (and insisted) that I never use fertilizer on pole beans. I don't and they bloom and produce beautifully. He said that if you fertilize you will get vine and not beans. Try it and let me know.
Also, sometimes the bees are not very active and that can effect your crop.
I am growing Kentucky pole beans from seeds in my house. They are now small plants. They are spindly, a very long thin stem grows from their tops. Someone told me to pinch this off. Am I supposed to pinch these long spindly stems off or leave them be?
They are not getting enough light and this is why they are leggy. Move a light source closer to them. I would wait to pinch them until they have a half dozen sets of true leaves, if you still want to pinch them at that time.
Could you tell me if it makes a difference if my pole beans receive morning or afternoon sun? I have a fence line and they seem to grow better on the west side of my yard. Do you know this to be a fact?
Afternoon sun is considered to be the stronger sun and is certainly warmer. All things being equal, afternoon sun is better for vegetables, but there are things that could make afternoon sun not as good for the plants. For example, a dark or reflective surface nearby could reflect too much light or the extra warm sun could dry out the soil more quickly.
We like Romano beans better than regular beans. Is there an Italian/Romano bean that you can grow on a pole?
Yes, there is. Unfortunately, we cannot recommend places to purchase. I would check your local nurseries or online.
This year I was planning to build an arbor for my pole beans to grow on. The top and sides of the arbor will be lattice for the beans to grow. Is ACQ treated lattice safe for beans? Do the beans gather any nutrients from the support system where the chemicals in the lattice would be introduced into the food? Or should I go for the vinyl lattice?
You should be leery of using ANY type of treated wood around edible plants, regardless of whether they are deemed safe, as apparently this type is. According to the EPA, this type of wood preservative is supposed to be safe enough to use in the garden. However, just to be on the safe side, I would probably go with vinyl. The choice is yours.
Do you only get one harvest from pole bean plants, or do they continue to reblossom and produce continually (in central Florida)?
Pole beans are usually harvested 5 times (occasionally as few as 3 or as many as 10), with about 3 to 5 days between harvests. Pole beans should be harvested before they get tough and woody; thus, timing is important.
I started my seedlings in peat pots about a month ago. But recently my beans' leaves have started to fall off and change colors (yellow) and my cucumbers' leaves are turning yellow. I was going to begin hardening them off this week to plant in my garden, but now I don't know if I should keep them or discard them. Any advice? (The pole bean seedlings are pretty tall- about a foot. All seedlings are in a window that gets full sunlight- I water them 1-2 times a week. )
The leaves on my cucumber plants starting turning a yellowish color and I think it was from not enough water. We have had rain for the past 3 days and they seem to be looking better, they still have the yellow leaves on them but new growth has come out. As for the beans I don't have any knowledge on that.