Do bush beans need a pollinator?

Asked July 16, 2018, 3:32 PM EDT

Over the past several years, I have experienced severe infestation of Mexican bean beetles in my community garden plot. This year I was thinking of using a light-weight row cover to protect my bush bean plants. I expect there won't be many pollinators in that closed environment. Will the plants still produce beans? thank you

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1 Response

Floating row cover is a great idea. Bush beans don't need to be uncovered for pollination. You can pull the cover back to harvest and then put it back in place.

Here is our page on row cover: http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/floating-row-cover

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