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Fava Beans - Lots of Flowers, No Beans

15 years ago

Last fall I decided to try growing Fava Beans. In October I planted an 8 foot row of these beans and they grew into nice plants before really cold weather. I kept them covered with shade cloth all winter, adding an extra layer of plastic over the shade cloth when it was going to get really cold. The plants started blooming in late February and I began to leave the shade cover off except when there was frost expected. The plants continue to be covered by flowers, but so far only one bean has formed. We do not have any honeybees so far this spring, but there are plenty of bumble bees and other pollinators. Has anyone else grown these plants and/or can someone suggest why they are not producing beans?

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