I have been gardening in Florida since 1981. Iâ€™ve seldom ever tried to grow butter/lima beans because of space limitations. But this past July I planted most of my garden in butterbeans.
I am using compost that I got from a landscape contractor so I am not growing in Floridaâ€™s worthless sand. I have applied a 20-20-20 liquid plant food at least every 2 weeks ever since the plants came up and bugs havenâ€™t been a problem.
The plants came up and grew and easily reached their normal size. The plants bloomed like crazy. But it seems that most of the flowers never set fruit. The plants havenâ€™t produced enough bean pods to be worth the effort of harvesting them.
Is it possible that butterbeans require bees or other insect pollinators? Bees are generally plentiful in my yard during the spring when my blueberries and azaleas are blooming, but I seldom see any over the summer. Could the crop failure be due to a lack of bees?