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Side branches on broad bean plants


By Jimeva

Hertfordshire, United Kingdom Gb

I grow Aquadulce broad beans and have just finishing harvesting my crop. I notice that only the main stem has beans on it. Several smaller stems grow on most plants, either branching from the main stem or else growing up from the below ground. None of these ever has any beans on them that come to anything, It would therefore seem sensible to remove these smaller stems early thus concentrating growth on the main stems. Any comments anyone?



You can always get a second, much smaller crop from these shoots, but usually once the weather has turned warm and sunny the crop is so small it's not worth bothering with. I sometimes just leave a few for seed, but the space is probably better used for a summer crop.

1 Jul, 2009

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