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    rodofgod76 is offline Sprouter
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    Default Dwarf runner beans "Hestia"

    The Mrs sowed a few Hestia runner beans the other week and they currently about 10" tall. One of them though has a secondary shoot coming out of the compost which is about 4" tall now and I've noticed this morning there's the start of a third appearing, all coming from the one bean. Are these suckers, and should they be removed? There's none on the others.

    They're currently in seed compost, should I be repotting them, or wait a few weeks and plant them out in planters?

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    I've not grown dwarf beans before - this is my first year. But, I'm not expecting just one tall shoot to produce all my beans!!
    I reckon they will produce lots more........

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    I'm growing Hestia for the first time this year....but good to know we can expect one or more shoots rodofgod! I wouldn't know what to expect either!
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    I'm growing flamenco which is a cross between Hestia and another one (I can't remember), got quite a good crop from them last year. I planted 3 plants together in a 14 inch container.

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    My Dad grew Hestia last year and they grew bushy rather than the one long stem you'd normally expect from a bog-standard runner bean. He only has a tiny garden and had never grown anything edible before, but yesterday he arrived to deliver Easter eggs and has made off with three tomato plants and half a dozen of my chitted potatoes. He says he got a decent crop of beans and the flavour was lovely when compared to supermarket ones. I think he might have the beginnings of the bug and his local lotties are next door to the golf course so he could probably put up a tent in the car-park and live happily ever after.
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    I've grown Hestia Rodofgod. They make bushy plants and do very pretty flowers. I don't remember noticing multiple shoots coming from the beans - but then I wasn't looking. I definitely wouldn't remove them.
    Remember they're not frost hardy. I don't plant mine til the beginning of May.

    From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.

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    I was very naughty and planted the ones Alice kindly sent me. They are around 6 inches tall at the moment and were moved into the greenhouse today form the windowsill. Only one stem on each at present.

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    I am trying these for the first time . I'm growing mine in hanging baskets as I don't have much garden space . I only have one stem from each at the moment but will watch them . They are in the greenhouse at the moment , unheated , and are about 3 inches high .

    It has two chances , up or down.

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