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Runner beans and climbing beans have stopped growing - help!

I've always been very successful when it comes to growing runner beans/climbing beans but the last few years have been a disaster.

I've sown seed inside and planted out when the weather has been good but then they stopped growing.

So the following year I sowed directly into the soil - they came up quickly & robust but then after 3 inches stopped growing. It took me 3 sowings to get any results.

This year I sowed directly into the soil again, got a couple of inches of good healthy growth and once again they have stopped growing (this was BEFORE our heatwave).

It is new seed every year and I've tried different varieties, the soil is good with plenty of organic matter, good slug control (beer) and well watered (hosepipe).

I'm obviously doing something wrong but what? Could it be the cold water from the hose? (I know the lovely Mr Monty Don said beans must be transplanted out when the soil warms up other wise they "stall" and stop growing 'cus of the shock of the cold soil.)

Are my beans ever going to start growing again or should I just cut my losses and rip 'em out?

Does anyone else have this problem?


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,642
    No idea but I would advocate patience for a while.  Plenty of time for them to start growing if you water them thru hot spells.

    I sowed some direct and they didn't even germinate despite warm soil and lots of rain between sunny spells.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,932
    My runners came up ok this year and are doing well so far, but I've sowed 100+ dwarf french beans in 4 batches since May and I've got about 12 plants.... not had this happen before.
    I blame the weather or my dog - as I do for most things

    Billericay - Essex

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,253
    Keep watering. My plants seem to have a lot less leaf than usual, but we had the first french beans off yesterday.
  • Denise-3Denise-3 Posts: 2
    Little black beetles are eating all my runner beans help !! 
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,253
    There are  a lot of pollen beetles about this year.
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