July 5, 2010 at 9:16 am #252605
I decided to give Braod beans a go this winter. I must say they are growing beautifully and flowering madly but they don’t seem to be setting any pods. Any ideas why?July 5, 2010 at 9:39 am #470617lostinthefogMember
I think Broad Beans need cold conditions to set pods, they will grow and flower but not set pods in warmer climates, they grow very well in Tassie, almost worth growing just for the beautifully scented flowers! If all else fails I seem to remember that the young growing tips can be used as a vegetable and chooks love them, also make good green manure.July 5, 2010 at 9:50 am #470618BelMember
They take a long while to set pods – often not until it starts to warm up. I always think that nothing’s going to happen, then they pop out and surprise me. The beans themselves grow really quickly once you spot the pods. Patience…July 5, 2010 at 9:53 am #470619
thanks. I have planted them at our coldest time of year. maybe I just need to be more patient. I guess green manure is not a bad thing if they don’t set pods.July 5, 2010 at 9:56 am #470620HerbmanMember
Thanks for the tips because I was worried about my broad beans too … I planted two packets of seeds :shy: and they are starting to set flower with no pods. Am going to practice patienceJuly 5, 2010 at 11:05 am #470621BangersMember
Don’t know if this will help but a couple of my books say to pinch out the tops of the plants when the first pods start to form. This is supposed to help pod formation.
PaulJuly 5, 2010 at 8:23 pm #470622
Patience all round it seems. I am dying to taste fresh broad beans as I am told they are nothing like the horrible frozen ones.July 6, 2010 at 6:00 am #470623gringoMember
Gremmbles I hate to sound like the Grim Reaper:rip:, but given your location, I might suggest you are pushing the envelope in expecting broadbeans to produce in your climate, you’re a little bit warm up there.:@
I would love to be proven WRONG :tdown: on this , but as u say if it ain’t gonna happen, at least u have produced a valuable green manure crop for your patch .:clap::clap::clap:July 6, 2010 at 9:11 am #470624
I may be pushing the envelope………but sometimes you gotta live on the wild side. You never really know if it will work until you try it. 😆July 6, 2010 at 9:31 am #470625lostinthefogMember
I think gringo is right-I doubt they will set pods but no harm in trying, we used to plant them in autumn in Tassie and they would flower and pod in very early spring….and , yes, fresh broad beans are a revelation, nothing like the frozen ones which are for a start picked way too late, broad beans should be very young and then they are delicious. The older ones are only fit for soups or stews. Scarlet Runner beans are another bean that will flower in warmer climes but not set pods.July 6, 2010 at 10:02 am #470626ApplebeeMember
Tip from our elderly vegie growing neighbour for broadbeans.
Drop a heap into simmering water for 2 mins, then cool a little
and remove outer layer; the inner broadbean dosen’t have
that bitter taste – great for salads and stirfrys.
ApplebeeJuly 6, 2010 at 10:42 pm #470627Lady BeeKeymaster
Don’t forget that you need BEES or other insects to pollinate. We’re getting flowers here, but nothing setting as yet because the bees have all hibernated because it’s cold.July 7, 2010 at 1:15 pm #470628porgeyMember
good luckJuly 11, 2010 at 10:25 pm #470629lollie3Member
I planted Broad Beans myself a while ago and they are just starting to get flowers on them now and with the cold snaps we have had hopefully will get my very 1st crop of Broadies.July 30, 2010 at 9:22 pm #470630megamooMember
I have planted my first ever broad beans because I also heard that when they are young and fresh they taste not at all like the older bitter ones I told my mum I’d never ever eat and she couldn’t make me!! :p :rip:
But it’s now the last day of July and they’re only about a hand high with no flowers or pods or anything. I hope I didn’t start them too late.
To dig them in as green manure would really sadden me. When I thinned them out I was so traumatized at the waste of healthy plants, I just sat there and munched on the leaves like a cow. 🙁
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