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Why Stake Broad Beans?

Posted Jul 30 2009 10:02pm

It is worth tying broad beans to a stake if they are growing on fertile soil, as they grow tall and tend to blow over in heavy rain or wind.

LodgedBroadBeans

LodgedBroadBeans

When the broadbean plant blows over it ‘lodges’ with other broad bean plants and stays close to the soil.  Some of the leaves will be hidden from bright light so the broad bean pods will not be fed so well which means that they will not grow and fill with good sized broad beans.

lodged-Optica-broad-beans

lodged-Optica-broad-beans

The beans in the picture lodged at a late stage in their growing period, so will provide a decent harvest.  But if the lodging had happened at flowering time, the broad bean pods would not have filled properly.

broad-bean-plant-Optica

broad-bean-plant-Optica

It is well worth taking the time to stake broad beans.

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