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In recent years my runner beans have failed to produce much blosson on the stems but tends to produce a lot on the overgrown tips, the parts I want to nip out. Any suggestions as to why this should be?

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  • My runner beans have been growing very happilly, good healthy growth, just starting to flower, then I realised that they've stopped increasing in height and have stopped at about 4ft. I now notice that the growing tips have turned brown. Anyone any ideas why this is happening?
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,093
    Several of mine got their tops snapped off during a heavy hail storm a week or so ago.
    They've already grown new side shoots to replace the snapped top.
    Only other thing I can think of is an adventurous slug or snail
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,093
    In recent years my runner beans have failed to produce much blosson on the stems but tends to produce a lot on the overgrown tips, the parts I want to nip out. Any suggestions as to why this should be?
    A photo may help us give some advice.
    I don't pinch anything out until they reach the tops of their canes
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • nick615nick615 SW IrelandPosts: 1,114
    Runner beans are all about preparation - fail to prepare, prepare to fail, as the saying goes.  I grow 24 plants in a 3ft x 3ft square, using self made sticks in a ring and the only 'help' I give them is to gently tie the vines to the sticks if poor weather is imminent.  Other than that, they should solve their own problems, see attached?
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