- Jan 12, 2013
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- Woodstock, Illinois Zone 5
I once read something in a library book on seed production of beans that seed companies like Burpee's would seperate their fields used for bean seed production by at least one mile. Plenty of other plants in a mile for a bee to dilute any bean pollen they might have on their tongue. I'm sure you have watched a bee and seen how far and fast they can fly. Do you really think even 100 feet is going to make much difference in moving bean pollen around? You need to attract them to a plentful supply of pollen from other types of plants in between the bean rows at the same time the beans are in bloom. I think that is really the answer. Maybe one row of beans then three rows of Zinnias as an example.I am becoming a bean lover. I have about 1/2 a dozen different beans to grow in 2023.
Although I have a lot of space and fencing to use, how far apart do I need to space each kind of bean to keep them from cross pollingating?