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    Default Should I pinch out the top of my runner bean plants?

    They are now reaching there top of there canes and was wondering if I did extend it, which I can be about 2 feet will it be better for the plant?

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    I like to keep my beans within picking reach (I'm 5'3"), so I pinch out when they reach the top. Then again. And again.

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    I've not pinched some of them out as they haven't had any blackfly and one of them is about 6foot. Do they produce more beans if they get pinched out?

    And not a lot of the flowers have set. Is that normal?

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    They produce earlier beans if you pinch out, because they can put their energy into bean production instead of leaf production.

    Given a chance, they will just grow & grow, reaching the top of your canes and then flopping over & growing back down the canes

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    thanks 2sheds I'll pinch the remaining ones out tomorrow

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    My runners are only half way up the canes so no need to pinch out for a few days yet. The broad beans will need pinching this weekend as the blackfly has appeared at the top of the site and wont take long to work its way down.

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    Hi there,
    Mine are almost at the top of the canes and i really don't know how to 'pinch out'
    Could anybody help describe it or have a photo?
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    Just follow the climbing bean to the top where is has a little growing tip with baby leaves. Just break it off at this point. It's having the confidence to do it but provided they have reached the height you want you won't harm the plant.

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