Lily 3 Posts: 49
in Fruit & veg
Hi all My runner beans - enorma, have been flowering well for a couple of weeks now. But on close inspection most of the flowers seem to be dropping off rather than forming beans. I don't think it's lack of pollinators, as there are 45 bee hives in the wood at the end of the garden, and I have a small wildflower meadow at the end of the veg patch. ( Sorry about this bit ! ) I'm in west France and the weather has been pretty hot a dry lately. Should I be misting the flowers to help stop them dropping ? Or is it just lack of pollination ? Look forward to feed back.
Misting will help and a jolly good soaking at the roots will help even more. They need damp toes
I would mist mid-morning.
When I water my beans I give them half an hour with the sprinkler on them - they need a real soaking. If the weather is hot and dry I would do that every day.
Hope it helps
Yes, it is lack of pollination. The bees may be busy elsewhere but they will find your beans.
I had trouble with them last year, early in the runner bean season. Their probosces won't reach down the flower and they were making holes (no idea how!) towards the base of the petals to get at the nectar whilst bypassing the reproductive bits. once the honeybees found them we had more runner beans than we could eat!
But copious watering will help!