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Broad Beans Aquadulce

Planted some Aquadulce broad beans at the end of Sept 2016 for this year. We are now in Jan 2017 and they are a meter high and have some flowers on!

I live in North East Spain but saying that, the temps at the moment are down to minus 8 at night and around 14 during the day. They are under cover.

Will they survive?

Thanks

Androo

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,703

    I think I would drape fleece or sheets of newspaper on at night to protect the flowers. Do you have any bees about?

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  • No bees at this time of year. Will try to protect with fleece or paper.....

    Even if there were bees, how can bees protect from the cold?

    Last edited: 15 January 2017 18:28:06

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 9,773

    Broad beans need to be pollinated by bees to form pods.  I read somewhere that it's possible to simulate this by gently flicking each flower as they don't need cross-pollinating with another plant but the visit by a bee activates a sort of physical 'trigger' in the flower which allows pollen to get from the stamen onto the anther.

    Edit: found a link:

    https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/sites/www.gardenorganic.org.uk/files/resources/hsl/9_BroadBeans.pdf

    Last edited: 15 January 2017 19:20:04

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