What’s eating my broad bean flowers?
Susan67 Posts: 3
in Fruit & veg
My broad beans were doing really well and in full flower. Then overnight all the flowers disappeared from one double row. No sign of any on the ground. Just leaves and stalks left. So no beans to come from these plants. Has anyone else had this problem? Any ideas as to what is eating the flowers? I have pigeons but wouldnt expect them to be so neat about it. Have netted the remaining plants in the hope the flowers will be protected. Help!
The beans should continue growing upwards and forming more flowers ... mine go on for ages and ages.
By the way ... although broad beans can self-pollinate you will get a much better crop if the bees can get out them, so don't cover them ......... we have lots of pigeons here and they've never shown any interest in our beans.
Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.