I went at them with a Q tip we will have to see if it helps. as for more time, I don't know, each cluster has a bunch of flowers yet to open then a bunch that are open and tips where past flowers were with maybe one of the tips having a pod growing on itgarden5 wrote:Welcome to the Helpful Gardener!
You don't have to worry about pollinating them as beans produce self-pollinating flowers. I think you just need to give the plants more time.
However, you could try "jiggling" the clusters every now and then to help ensure better pollination, but I've found that my beans are prolific just left on their own.
I think you're on to something with the ants. I had a sugar-water solution in the humming bird feeder and man, did the ants find whatever way they could to get to it.DoubleDogFarm wrote:Well, I just read on another forum, you should try sugar water. 1tsp to .5 liter of water. Put it in a trigger bottle and spray the flowers. This will supposedly attract bees. Never tried this. I'm thinking it may attract ants also.