In your opinion, is it too late to plant pole beans in Wisconsin? For
a number of reasons (primarily, moving house at the end of May), I am
running behind this year, and didn't get anything planted until I
planted some tomatoes in containers and some pole beans in the ground
a week ago.
I soaked the pole beans over night before planting them, and didn't
plant them too deep, but they still aren't above ground. Assuming
that they come up in 1 more week's time, that would be July 24.
The package says maturity is 54-60 days, but my experience is that the
maturity is always 2-4 weeks longer than the package says.
What say you all?
On Fri, 18 Jul 2003 11:34:42 +0100, Christopher Norton
No. Our (USA) pole beans are typically not the same as your
(UK - I assume from your address) runner beans. Similar,
but with distinct differences.
I've grown both.
Our pole beans are (usually) eaten as snap beans, and called
'green beans' or 'string beans'. The pods are the part
eaten, before the seeds develop much if any inside. They
can be eaten as 'shell beans' (the seeds eaten fresh) or as
dried beans, but typically the young pods are eaten. The
French would call them 'haricots verts'. I'm not sure what
you call them in the UK but I think you call them 'green
They are much nicer to eat (IMHO) than runner beans, which
tended (in my experience) to be tough and didn't have a very
good flavor, comparatively.
We use the expression 'pole beans' for various different
beans though: any that will grow up a pole (like runners).
Some are 'romano beans' - a broader, flatter bean which came
But not lima beans (eaten as fresh shell beans: pods not
edible), we don't call them 'pole beans'.
On Fri, 18 Jul 2003 15:15:45 +0100, Christopher Norton
You'd like our green beans then: much more like your French
I believe that your 'broad beans' are called 'fava beans'
here. They are not at all common here, and I wouldn't think
many home gardeners grow them. They're quite uncommon in
Our green beans are coming along, but haven't blossomed yet,
I planted them very late.
We had a terribly wet spring, and then I was laid up and
couldn't even walk out to the garden for six weeks - so my
garden has been devastated this year what with one thing and
another. Not at all what I had planned. You cannot lose
all of June and half of July and still keep up with the
garden. I'm much better now, though, and will be starting
seeds for fall veggies shortly.
You certainly have time for bush beans -- especially if you plant
I think if you plant pole beans now they will sense the shortening
season and bear quicker and a smaller crop than they ordinarily would,
but I'm just guessing.
Bob, in Minnesota
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