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    it says in the hessayan veg and herb book to pinch out the runner bean growing tip when it reaches the top of the wigwam.. does anyone else do this? wanted to ask before i took the tip off and killed it

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    Yep........it forces the plant to put out sideshoots as well as keeping it tidy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snadger View Post
    Yep........it forces the plant to put out sideshoots as well as keeping it tidy!
    what do i do, just nip the top bit off? and shall i wait till it gets to the top of the wigwam or do it now? (it's got another 6 inches or so to go)

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    I've found if I leave the runners until the reach the tops of the canes they carry on growing about another 6 inch, so now I pinch them out when they're a few inches from the top.
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    I'm experimenting by pinching out all my beans at about 2', and then I'll do so again at about 4'.
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    Yes , I agree nip em off now. as Snadger says...they get bushier. I used to make the mistake of being too soft! then end up with the whole lot dangling down like hanging gardens of babylon ....can't find the beans etc.

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    I agree, pinch the tips to stop them growing so they put more effort into making flowers

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    Quote Originally Posted by craiglockley View Post
    I agree, pinch the tips to stop them growing so they put more effort into making flowers
    i pinched the top off one last night and would you believe i got up this morning and lovely red flowers have started to appear

    the others have got 2 or 3 feet to grow till they're as tall as the first one so i'll pinch their tips off when they get a bit bigger

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