Taking Care of Runner Beans

I have 6 runner bean plants in my garden this year, climbing up bamboo sticks. I’ve checked all 6 six of them to be sure, but pictures of the three of them is enough for what I want to show you:

Notice which direction they all turn around the bamboo stick? Counter-clockwise. This is good to know if you want to help them get a good start up the trellis. Supposedly they’re going to untie themselves until they are allowed to go the preferred way around. I believe they’re going the other way around on the southern hemisphere, but I haven’t verified that πŸ˜‰ Please leave a comment if you have checked it out.

6 comments on “Taking Care of Runner Beans

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    I haven’t verified growing direction in the southern hemisphere, but I did watch a science show a while back where they studied plant growth on the International Space Station (in a no-gravity environment).

    Guess which way the plants turned there? None! Neither clockwise nor counter-clockwise. They grew straight up. So I guess it’s reasonable to assume that gravity is at least part of what’s making plants turn in a particular direction.

    Since plants on the southern hemisphere are sort of upside down compared to plants in the northern hemisphere, I suppose it’s plausible that they might turn the other way. But then again the Earth spins in the same direction in both hemispheres, so I guess it’s equally plausible that it turns the same way πŸ˜€

    I guess it has to be confirmed or denied by someone actually living in the southern hemisphere. So please excuse my rambling ;-D

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    @Thomas Winther: Welcome back, and thank you for the info πŸ˜€ Very interesting.

    Australia – we’re depending on you now πŸ˜‰

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    I live in Central America, and will be planting yard beans in a few weeks (waiting for delivery of some nitrogen fix). I’ll be happy to let you know whether they go clock or counter – clockwise. Stay tuned:)
    ~A

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    @Adele: Good luck with your beans. In my experience they grow and yield like crazy, once they get started. It would be great if you could report back πŸ˜‰

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    Hi,
    I live in the southern hemisphere, ( South Africa, near Cape Town)….
    my Runner Beans, Jasmine & English Honeysuckle all grow in an anti-clockwise direction around their support….. I was also fascinated about this tendancy , & thought that maybe in the northern hemisphere it might be in the opposite direction. I can confirm however that water going down the ‘plug ‘goes in an anti -clockwise direction.

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    @Annie: So you’re telling me, that your beans in the southern hemisphere are turning in the same direction as mine on the northern hemisphere? I guess the case is solved then: The growing direction is the same all over the Earth, and in space there is no direction. Then the direction must be decided by their genes. So now we’re comparing different kinds of beans instead πŸ˜‰ But there is probably no difference at all.
    Regarding the direction of the water I heard that it was a myth. I had hoped that plants were smart enough to figure out where they lived, but okay, they’re not. Myth Bustedβ„’ πŸ˜‰

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