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Asked by
Krystal Kissell on
May 15, 2019
zone 6

Q. Can Scarlet Runner Beans be transplanted to garden after being started indoors?

I read where these don’t transplant well. Urgh…This is my first year to try these, I planted some out in the ground a few weeks ago during a warm spell but nothing came up. By this time I realize two mistakes were made—the soil was probably still too cold; and I didn’t realize the seed shells need to be nicked. So I did that this time and only this morning got a half dozen of them settled into a small pot. The pot is small because I assumed once they get to be about the size of flower seedlings they can be transferred to the garden. But am I wrong about this too? Darn Zone 6 is fickle and can take until almost June to really warm up. And even then you can never be certain… 😳

Answered by
BushDoctor on
May 15, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

You can, but as you mentioned... They don't transplant well. Just don't disturb the roots when you do so. Be very gentle. They won't die, but they will halt growth until they recover. This just means that they won't get as big, or produce as much.

Another alternative would be to grow these in large containers, without overwatering, and bring them in and out depending on the weather. This way there is no need to transplant, and you can control what weather they see.

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Asked by
casparkes on
July 2, 2019
richmond Hill

Q. How to stop insects from eating runner bean leaves? Is there an organic way?

I used Sevin solution once, but would like something non-toxic.

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
July 2, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

Neem and pyrethrin are two popular types of organic insecticides. Here is more:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/what-are-organic-pesticides.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 5, 2019

Q. English Runner Beans

Why do the flowers drop before the pods are set?

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
August 6, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

General purpose fertilizers contain nitrogen. This will prevent fruit from properly forming on the plants.

Beans are legumes. These types of plants "make" their own nitrogen, and fix it into the soil. Adding any more than that and they will fail to fruit. The best I could suggest, would be to flush out the soil, and be sure that the water can drain extremely well through the pot. Flush it passed the point you would feel is enough.

The only fertilizers you will need will be a specific formula for flowering plants. These will contain phosphorus and potassium, but not nitrogen.
This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/beans/bean-blossoms-no-pods.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 12, 2019

Q. My earlier question about growing English runner beans

My question of about 10 days ago does not show. Am I not doing something here that I should?

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
August 13, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

Make sure to go to questions home page here: https://questions.gardeningknowhow.com. Using the unanswered questions link will only take you to the questions that remain unanswered. Also, sometimes we get flooded with questions and it takes several days to get them answered.

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