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Have a large garden , lots of insect friendly plants, but beans are not setting and flowers are dropping, is it the costant rain or has anyone an answer


This often happens early in the season-and it has not been sunny and warm-we need the bees to take care of the flowers-you are not alone it is just a matter of waiting for the right conditions-I seem to go through this worry ever year but magically still get beans

Be patient is all you can do.

We had the prize number of runner beans yesterday for dinner!  TWO!  plus I did see a bee buzzing around them so lets hope we have more.


I keep finding the flowers on the ground and hardly any tiny beans on the plants. I think the windy weather we've had is blowing them off, or just not warm enough to bring out the bees.



So do I  

Got lots on the runner bean plants too 


I read the other day that some bees bite through the flowers to get to the nectar.

these bugs, snails and slugs are a crafty lot arent they!

Do i presume it's the relentless rain that's stopping any flowers from even forming? Beans sown and they've shot up to the top of the canes - I had high hopes - but no flowers.  


If they have reached the top of the canes pinch the tops out now-that not only produces side shoots but encourages flowers as well-watched a bee this afternoon diligently moving from flower to flower doing its stuff


i have had this problem i think bumble bees are going round the backs of the flowers and biting them off trying to get to the pollen.

See the thread called Bees Not Doing Their Stuff on 10th August.

John Harding

I note all answers on this thread were last year until the last 2. Totally different weather patterns this year: My runner beans are doing very well this year (though they were'nt at all bad last year). Bumble bees do tend to go through the back of the flowers on broad beans though I've not noticed them doing that on my runners but in any case it doesn't seem to have affected the yield much. Runner beans do need plenty of water. I always dig a deep trench and back-fill with material from my compost bin + shredded paper from my office, in fact any organic material that will help to retain water - never seems to fail.

The last two refer to bees cutting a hole in the back of the flowers to bypass the reproductive organs and steal the nectar. It isn't linked to the weather or water supply. I've seen them doing it since I started with my first garden, 60 years ago.They have been  doing a very thorough job on my beans this year.


Waterbutts, I've been watching this happen on my runners today!  I wondered why the crop wasn't as good as last year's despite the better season  We've got lots of those new tree bees in this garden (nesting in next door's roof space) and the bees going to the underside of the bean flowers look like tree bees 

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