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Runner Beans - Cut off shoots?

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by jazzy, Jul 30, 2018.

  1. jazzy

    jazzy Apprentice Gardener

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    Looking for advice regarding my runner beans. This year I tried the White Lady variety and there seems an awful lot of shoots growing from the plants, should I nip these off which seems a shame because they have some many flowers on them. I did nip the tops off when they reached the height of the climbing sticks.
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    Verdun Passionate gardener

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    If the shoots are thin and whispy, I do cut them off jazzy....White Lady for me too :)
     
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    shiney President, Grumpy Old Men's Club Staff Member

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    It depends on how much attention you can give them, how well they get watered, whether the soil has enough nutrients etc. I never cut anything off mine and never have to nip the tops out as my frames allow them to continue to grow and be supported.

    That's no help to you if you have limited height and are getting overloaded. :noidea: Are you getting sufficient crop? If so, then it's OK to thin out.
     

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