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Scarlet runner beans.....all flowers..few bea


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bill13-Aug-00 01:33 AM EST   
Ann14-Aug-00 07:40 PM EST   
Carolyn16-Aug-00 05:43 PM EST   
Arzeena16-Aug-00 08:52 PM EST   
Roberta18-Aug-00 02:35 PM EST   
bill19-Aug-00 11:02 PM EST   


Subject: Scarlet runner beans.....all flowers..few bea
From: bill
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Date: 13-Aug-00 01:33 AM EST

We've had too many flowers and not enough beans. The flowers seem to be diminished before the beans can start to grow. How can we help the beans to grow? What is wrong with these flowers that they can't produce? thanks in advance! bill


Subject: RE: Scarlet runner beans.....all flowers..few bea
From: Ann
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Date: 14-Aug-00 07:40 PM EST

This often happens with runners. They are not getting pollinated, you could try doing it yourself by brushing a Q.tip or something similar in the flowers and going from one to the other. I know it sounds like a lot of work but those beans are worth it in the end !!


Subject: RE: Scarlet runner beans.....all flowers..few bea
From: Carolyn
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Date: 16-Aug-00 05:43 PM EST

In the spirit of there are no stupid questions: If you brush a Q-tip in the flowers and then what? What does that do?


Subject: RE: Scarlet runner beans.....all flowers..few bea
From: Arzeena
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Date: 16-Aug-00 08:52 PM EST

Runner beans need to be visited by a bumble bee to be pollinated. Using the Q-tip just simulates the bee thing - transferring pollen to the femal part of the plant, thus fertilizing it.

I've also found that when temperatures are really high, the blossoms just drop. Not much you can do about it except wait until cooler weather comes around.


Subject: RE: Scarlet runner beans.....all flowers..few bea
From: Roberta
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Date: 18-Aug-00 02:35 PM EST

I find that if I have to hand pollinate anything smaller than a squash plant, a #2 or #3 artist's watercolor brush works very well. Just wash it out with shampoo and let dry before using again.


Subject: RE: Scarlet runner beans.....all flowers..few bea
From: bill
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Date: 19-Aug-00 11:02 PM EST

Thanks for the tips!


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