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April 21, 2009

How to Pinch-out Tops of Broad Beans

Filed under: pea&beans — Tags: , — TopVeg @ 1:54 pm

Gardeners often pinch out the tops of broad beans to curb black fly.  We very rarely pinch out the tops. But if blackfly are a problem, the tips may be pinched out when the first pods are set.

To pinch out the tops:

* first select the top of the broad bean plant



* find broad bean top



* Hold the tip between finger and thumb



* pinch the tip so that it breaks away from the plant



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  1. We’ve currently got broad beans germinating on the windowsill and was starting to worry about blackfly and exactly what “pinching the tip” actually means.

    This was exactly, completely, spot on what I wanted. Along with the video, it was perfect. Thank you for your clear and useful advice.

    Comment by J-P — April 28, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

  2. JP

    Thanks for contacting TopVeg – glad the video on pinching out the tops of broad beans helped!


    Comment by TopVeg — April 28, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

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  4. Thank you for producing this great little video and explanation – nothing beats a practical demonstration! This is my first year to grow broadbeans and there is a lot of contradictory advice about pinching out. BBC magazine says to do it now that the first flowers are appearing, which seemed counter intuitive to me. Mine are currently much shorter than the ones in your pictures, so I will leave them alone for now and just keep out a good eye for the dreaded blackfly.

    Comment by Sarah Jago — May 25, 2011 @ 9:00 am

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