Runner Beans

Should I not be seeing my runner beans yet I have lots of flowers some have died off but no sign of any bean starting to ggrow. Any advice please,


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,092

    Make sure they have plenty of water. lack of water at the roots can make the flowers drop before they are pollinated.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • TonksTonks Posts: 54

    The first lot of flowers on mine seemed to die off but the more recent ones have started producing little beans.  I have been watering them every night in the hot weather (like fidgetbones suggests) so maybe that has helped?

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,891

    A lot of water in hot weather does help, but they always tend to drop off when it's hot.

  • MARIE5MARIE5 Posts: 4

    Thanks for help, yes well watered, only seen one bee in garden this year and that was after the flowers, should I be worried NO BEES ??

  • MARIE5MARIE5 Posts: 4

    Have also been  giving them some tomato liquid fertilizer once a week is that OK ??

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,092

    Some varieties of runner are self pollinating. T &M have some. (Firestorm and Moonlight) If no bees turn up theres not a lot you can do about it. Maybe plant a flower that they like nearby.  eg  a lavender in a pot that you can move about. If you can't get bees on lavender, then you have to try getting homes for bees in your garden for next year and maybe growing the self pollinating variety.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    Loads of bumblebees, not many honey bees, on flowers in general here but none at all on the ruuner beans. If you have the time and the patience you can try pollinating them by hand. It's tedious but it does work usually. 

    with one hand, hold the top part of the flower and with the other hand pull the lower part of the flower down until you see a little white corkscrew thing. Give that a little rub/tickle with a spare finger - I said it was tedious- then move on to the next flower. Dont hold or pull too hard or the flower will probably come off the plant.

    I find that the earliest flowers fail whatever I do, but they settle down after a couple of weeks.

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647
    MARIE5 wrote (see)

    Have also been  giving them some tomato liquid fertilizer once a week is that OK ??

    If the soil is decent to start with, they don't need any fertilising. They manufacture their own nitrogen supply anyway.

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,072

    We pick the first flowers at the bottom off anyway, they will grow a stronger plant and cope better

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • MARIE5MARIE5 Posts: 4

    Ok thanks to your all,  have learnt a lot,  one last questrion can anyone give the name of the self germinating runner beans for next years purchase cheers

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