Help empty broad beans!

The broad beans that I planted in autumn are coming up with empty pods! My spring sown ones are producing flowers so fingers crossed any ideas why this is happening? Never happened before!!


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,612

    Totally empty or with just one or two beans?  How big are the pods?

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,230

    Must be related to the ones they sell in the supermarketsimage

  • Some pods have small beans other are totally empty except for a brown speck which I am assuming are undeveloped beans

  • Ps pods are normal size!!

  • Have you pinched the tops out on your Autumn plants? then the the energy will go into pod prouduction and not top growth, you can pick them when they are a few inches long and cook them whole, (I finish mine of in the pan with some good smoked chopped bacon & green garlic yum) so no wastage and it frees the ground up for your next plants, then leave your later crop to fully develop, happy gardening.

  • Yes pinched tops out to cut down on black fly but pods are too big now I suspect to cook and eat!,

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