Flowerless Pole Beans

Asked June 22, 2015, 9:27 AM EDT

Good morning, I am at my wits end and I need help. I planted, by seed, Blue Lake Pole Stringless FM1 Organic string beans and have noticed that they have grown extremely high and thick but there is not 1 flower on any of them (meanwhile my bush beans are producing well as is everything else in my gardens). No flowers and no string beans at all.Are these beans no good? Is there something I can do to get flowers and beans? (The sell by date on the package is October of 2015 and they were purchased at the local AA CO Farmers Co Op in Glen Burnie this spring). Is there is nothing that I can do with this batch of beans? If not, is it too late to plant more and get pole beans to grow and produce a crop at this point of time? I love beans and would enjoy as many as I can grow this summer. I am pretty new to vegetable gardening and would appreciate any help. Thanks so much, Dianne Westbrook

Anne Arundel County Maryland vegetables pole beans

1 Response

Make sure you are not overfertilizing as this promotes foliar growth at the expense of flowering. Sounds like nothing is wrong with the seed. To induce flowering try removing some lower leaves and this may induce budding and flowering. You can also try pruning some of the top growth to a height where you are still able to pick the beans.
For general information see our bean profile https://extension.umd.edu/growit/vegetable-profiles-beans
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