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Q.We Planted Running Butter Beans

Zone NC | fishing2 added on July 21, 2012 | Answered

We planted running butter beans, also known as lima beans. We have thick green vines but very few blooms or pods. We may have planted them too close together. At the top of the string where they run up, they are very thick and tangled together. What do we need to do to get a better crop?

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Answered on July 23, 2012

It could be that your soil has too much nitrogen. Beans do not need a lot of nitrogen. All beans are nitrogen fixing plants so be careful to avoid heavy nitrogen feedings, as nitrogen-rich soils result in excessive vine growth and little to no beans. Try adding some phosphorus to the soil. Heat can also be a factor, making pollination more difficult. This article should also help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/beans/bean-blossoms-no-pods.htm

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