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    How tall should runner bean supports be? I've been told to buy 8 ft canes, as 6ft ones won't be enough. Unfortunately, the seeds we have no label on them, as we were given them and have never grown them before to know what their height could be.

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    Just think of Jack and the Beanstalk........8ft canes well rammed into the ground ,(cos if the wind catches it when it's laden with runners, you're in trouble) then you have the cross over bit at the top to rest the horizontal pole in . Pinch out the tops of your runners just before they reach the top to encourage them to send out sideshoots, and to stop them from growing even more.......
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    Binley, much appreciated, sounds good to me.. I fancy doing a row of canes in pairs meeting, with a horizontal cane across the top, but OH fancies a wigwam. Is one method better than another?

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    It depends how many beans you want to grow......
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    Quote Originally Posted by jojo2910 View Post
    Binley, much appreciated, sounds good to me.. I fancy doing a row of canes in pairs meeting, with a horizontal cane across the top, but OH fancies a wigwam. Is one method better than another?
    Two years ago I grew my runners in a row as described by Binley and yourself, and had a fab crop. Last year I grew them up wigwams, as I thought they looked prettier (silly really, only the hens and the sheep see them most of the time!) and whether it was just conditions or something else, but the crop wasn't nearly as good. It's back to rows for me this year, as I do love me Runners...
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    Absolutely 8ft canes - Wilkos have them at 1.50 for a bunch of 5 or 6. In pairs crossed with one over the top.

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    I love my arch for mi runner beans. I weave them in and out of the arch, there easy to nip off and the beans hang down just right.

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    There is little point in growing the beans so high that you have difficulty reaching the crop. So it depends how tall you are.
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