Runner beans and French climbing beans

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lovemyveg

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Runner beans and French climbing beans
« on: May 10, 2011, 10:44 »
These are all at present growing vigorously in the greenhouse.  I am not sure when I should be planting them out into the already prepared beds.  On the 20th May for 5 days, I shall not be able to water them in the greenhouse and feel that they may survive better in the ground.  So, is it too early to plant them outside - I have been hardening them off on good days.  Any help would be appreciated.  Last year I did not plant them out until early June, so do not want to lose them.  The runner beans are 8-12 inches in height and all have good root systems.

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Re: Runner beans and French climbing beans
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2011, 10:58 »
Put mine in at the weekend, they had been a cold frame with the lid open for a week.

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Re: Runner beans and French climbing beans
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2011, 11:57 »

My dwarf French beans and Painted ladies went in last night, they've been open to the elements for a fortnight now.   Can you not ask someone to splash a bit of H2O over them while you're away?      Cheers,   Tony.
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Re: Runner beans and French climbing beans
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2011, 14:20 »
I'll transplant mine in a couple or three weeks when all risk of frost has past. Only sowed them this last weekend. If you are frcast a frost do your best to protect. them.
Kate
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Re: Runner beans and French climbing beans
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2011, 14:39 »
Thank you all for your replies.  Yes, my son would splash some water over them as he will be here, but can I rely on him to remember this?  I don't think so and I would hate to waste all my efforts so far.  As some of you have already planted yours out, I will take the chance and put them in the ground next week if the weather stays favourable.  I much appreciate your help.

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Re: Runner beans and French climbing beans
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2011, 21:58 »
Put my climbing french beans out last week(after frost).
They were getting scorched in cold frame.
I have protected them though by erecting a wind brake to protect them.
Lots of comments here seem to suggest that wind can cause almost at much of a problem as low temperatures.

Cheers HH
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Re: Runner beans and French climbing beans
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2011, 22:50 »
I have a similar issue - is horticultural fleece any help in this situation, or am I wasting my time?

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Re: Runner beans and French climbing beans
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2011, 22:51 »
I'd have thought it's worth a try.  It may rip in strong winds though.
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days all attack me at once...

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Re: Runner beans and French climbing beans
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2011, 10:22 »
I would probably take the risk and put them out (knowing how "reliable" offspring can be) but why not hedge your bets and put half out and keep half in?

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Re: Runner beans and French climbing beans
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2011, 11:43 »
I've been a little wonky with my Scarlet Runners.  I planted the seeds in the ground this past weekend, about three inches deep.  I then put hen house bedding on top of them, watering well.  I have two litre clear plastic Coke bottles to put over each one of them if the weather gets foul in the next few weeks.
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Re: Runner beans and French climbing beans
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2011, 12:09 »
Planted my Purple Queen dwarf French beans out a couple of weeks ago and lost the lot last week after that frost.  Not putting any more out until the first week in June.

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Re: Runner beans and French climbing beans
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2011, 12:31 »
My runner beans have grown enormous in just two weeks so I'm hardening them off for a few days then planting out on Friday. They grew so quick I can always start some more if I lose them.
Rachael



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