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#1 of 10 Old 05-24-2007, 12:54 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My peas are getting to the point where I need to start training them to climb; the little tendrils are starting to come out. However, they don't want to stay put when I wrap them around the bamboo poles. Do I just need to wait for them to get bigger?
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I've had good luck training them when they have a good six or more inches of long growth and you just wrap that around the pole, especially if some leaves are at the ends to kind of hold it in place. It will happen and then they will grow crazy and you'll be thinking about a pole to the moon for them to grow up!
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offer them treats and use a whistle! hahaha, Oh that was a good laugh for me!

Give them a little bit, they should start tendriling out more and grabbing, once they get long enough to wrap 2-3 times around the post then carefully start wrapping them. like PP said, give them time, before long they will taking off on their own.
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I use tomato cages. They grab hold on their own, I don't even have to help!
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offer them treats and use a whistle!
GD doesn't work all the time with plants. I recommend a wee chair and whip.

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offer them treats and use a whistle! hahaha, Oh that was a good laugh for me!

But that would be manipulating them to do my will.
I'm just trying to *teach* them to be proper peas and beans!






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I use tomato cages. They grab hold on their own, I don't even have to help!
Oh, good, I'm not the only one! However I waited too long, and the tendrils were grabbing onto the tall grass outside my planter! I had to break a few tendrils and I'm training them to go up now. I think the'll work OK, though. Did you know cages come in diff. heights? I had no idea, and I bought 2, and one was 5 feet and one was 3 1/2. Unfortunately, I'd already wrapped the ambitious growing peas around the shorter one ... I'm picturing a bridge between the 2 cages for the fast growing peas ...
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Heather! As far as my beans, I use a square tomato cage, and weave fishing line up it (it's 8 feet tall, withthe cages stacked one on top of the other). I just put the line straight up from where the beans are planted and when they come up, they grab on and GO!

The peas can sometimes be a little harder, but generally, they DO just grab on when they get tall enough. I grow amish snaps most of the time (and sometimes green arrow shelling peas), they grow TALL...and I've had issues making them climb my bamboo poles, but they grow up my pretty cathedral window trellis perfectly (it's much narrower than even the narrow bamboo poles and they love it!). Go figure...they have attitudes about what they prefer...I say that sometimes giving in to them makes your life a lot easier!

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I probably plant my peas and beans too close together, because they tend to get stuck to each other. When I'm not able to train the peas to follow the pole, I've used twist ties. It's cheap and it works well.

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Oh, good, I'm not the only one! However I waited too long, and the tendrils were grabbing onto the tall grass outside my planter! I had to break a few tendrils and I'm training them to go up now. I think the'll work OK, though. Did you know cages come in diff. heights? I had no idea, and I bought 2, and one was 5 feet and one was 3 1/2. Unfortunately, I'd already wrapped the ambitious growing peas around the shorter one ... I'm picturing a bridge between the 2 cages for the fast growing peas ...

I didn't know that! So how high will they grow???
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