Broad beans

Is it recommended to pinch out the growing tips of broad beans?

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,020

    Hi Russell, only when they are fully grown (ie about 3-4ft tall) and that is only to prevent blackfly infestation.  I usually wait until one plant has a sign of blackfly, then pinch out the tips of them all.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • No sign of blackfly here in coastal West Wales, as yet! BUT no sign of any pollinators either - my raised bed of overwintered 'Acuadulce' have had flowers on them since early April but nary sign of embryonic pods forming as expected. Warmer weather & "damping down" at dusk may help, says my learned (venerable) neighbour, so we can but try??

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,295

    Mine are flowering too - I've given the ground a good soaking as it's very dry - and I'll be fleecing them tomorrow night as we've been promised -2C

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  • Jazzy2Jazzy2 Posts: 36

    hi does pinching out the tip stop black fly.

    jazz

  • I pinched out all the tips of mine last year and had no problems at all

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,295

    Don't forget that if you do take out the tops of your broad beans, you can cook and eat them - delicious steamed with a little butter image

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  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,730

    Meh, I've got too many other things to eat, Dove. BBs are like peas, beans, etc. They need plenty of water when they're flowering. I planted mine last November and sort of forgot about them. Went to have a look, found tons of flowers but very dry soil. A couple of good soakings and now there are pods all over the place.

  • Thanks for all the advice

     

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,295

    Hi Italophile - I watered mine yesterday evening after a fortnight of dry weather - it's been raining ever since imageimage

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • This is my first time growing BBs - I didn't realise I could plant them out yet!  I'm on the edge of Salisbury Plain and we get strong winds (probably created by the army manoeuvres!) but I can shelter them, from the wind not the sun.  We're supposedly getting almost down to freezing, if not frost, tonight - aren't they likely to get frost-bite? or do we fleece them up?

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