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Old 06-09-2019, 01:41 AM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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Plant the seeds in the garden where you want them. There is no reason to start them indoors. Beans are very fast growers and do not need to be transplanted.

When I was a teenager, I worked for farmers who grew large acreages of pole beans. They planted them directly in the ground, in full sun and usually, they did quite well. They watered the fields heavily, every three days. But it's been a long time since large fields of pole beans were planted commercially and picked by hand. They now plant bush beans, that put on their full crop all at once and are harvested by machine.
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Old 06-09-2019, 07:55 AM
 
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Did you amend the soil? Or just plant them in what was there? Could be that Southern California alkaline soil.
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Old 06-09-2019, 04:57 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Did you amend the soil? Or just plant them in what was there? Could be that Southern California alkaline soil.
Oh yeah the soil was heavily amended. It was in a raised bed that I built from scratch, putting straws at the bottom and cow manure mixed with top soil on top. On the same bed there are 4 Bush beans growing quite well and tomato and zucchini in a bed next to it.
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Old 06-09-2019, 05:04 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Sounds like you moved them all at once from gentle indoor light to harsh outdoor light.

When moving plants to brighter light, you have to do it gradually, increasing the light levels over the course of several days. So start in shade, move to filtered sun for a couple days at least, then to a sunnier spot...
That could be. I put the first 2 in shade outdoors for 3 days then moved them into the direct sun. The leaves turned white and died.

I think they're better off planting in the shade. But I will try 2 approaches. First I will direct sow them in raised bed which will be under full sun. Next I will direct sow in an area that gets only 5-6 hours of sun, roughly from 9am to 2:30 -3pm, and see how they do.

The thing is I have rabbits and squirrels patrolling my backyard looking for tender vegetables to nibble. I will need to build chicken wire cages to protect them. More work for me. Urgh.
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Old 06-09-2019, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Squirrel Tree
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Don't transplant pole beans, plant them where they are to grow. Keep the pot outside the house if you're growing them in pots.
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Old 06-09-2019, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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The nice thing about beans and other legumes, such as peas and alfalfa, is that they harbor nitrogen-fixing bacteria on their roots. They pull the nitrogen out of the air and they are sometimes planted just as a cover crop, to improve the fertility of the soil for another type of crop later.
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Old 06-10-2019, 03:00 PM
 
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Pole beans HATE to have their roots disturbed. Plant seeds outside.

How old are the seeds? Old dried out seeds don't do well.
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Old 06-10-2019, 08:34 PM
 
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Pole beans HATE to have their roots disturbed. Plant seeds outside.

How old are the seeds? Old dried out seeds don't do well.
Fresh seeds got them this spring from local big box store
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Old 06-11-2019, 02:50 PM
 
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Fresh seeds got them this spring from local big box store
I am stumped. My pole beans go into my raised bed in full sun without any problems. If your seeds are okay and you have enough water, then you should be good to go.

I would replant in the same area and see what happens. It is puzzling. Certainly, not anything you've done.
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Old 06-11-2019, 03:20 PM
 
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I am stumped. My pole beans go into my raised bed in full sun without any problems. If your seeds are okay and you have enough water, then you should be good to go.

I would replant in the same area and see what happens. It is puzzling. Certainly, not anything you've done.
Well, I direct showed the seed in my raised bed a few days ago. Today I saw a young seedling peeking up so I am excited to see what it/ they will do.
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