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Arlington, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 29, 2012
5:12 AM

Post #9142825

what length of stakes will i need for pole bean teepees? or, alternatively, what should the total height be?

will bamboo be strong enough? my dad said he had bamboo collapse under the weight of the plants.
Greenfield, OH
(Zone 6a)

May 29, 2012
6:00 AM

Post #9142889

1" diameter or larger bamboo should work. You can use anything. Most old timers I know go out in the woods and find broken branches to use.
I've used old lumber ripped down to 1" squares.
I've put up teepees as short as 4ft (cause thats all I had) and had good luck, but I prefer anything over 5ft.
Durhamville, NY
(Zone 5b)

May 29, 2012
6:00 AM

Post #9142891

I wouldn't go any higher than I was comfortable reaching. As far as bamboo being strong enough it depends on the bamboo and the way it it constructed. They make large scaffolds out of bamboo in the Orient. If it seems like it wants to bend too much,make each piece run more vertical, put cross braces about half way, use two or more piece parallel and bind them together.
Standish, MI

May 29, 2012
3:54 PM

Post #9143837

I would use 2x2s about 8 ft long and that should give you all the support that you will need, in a TP shape. In the garden for the past few years I have planted the beans in 30ft rows with 2x2s driven into the ground every 8-10 ft. then I make a string trellis tied between the posts. This puts the plants at least 6ft in the air and usually they are still trying to go higher. This year I will be using the same method only will be purchasing 10ft 2x4s with the string trellis going betweent them. The reason for the 2x4 is the new height that we will allow the plants to grow. Every year by planting two rows side by side 5 ft apart allows the plants to grow together at the top. In this way we can pick beans on the sides and the top by reaching up. We try to have fun seeing just how high they can grow and usually we don't have enough height so this year I plan to pick using a ladder.
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 30, 2012
4:53 AM

Post #9144446

6aseeder ~ If you are doing teepees, by their design they are self supporting and will be strong. Teepee being three or more poles trussed together at the apex.

I use that system with bamboo. The bamboo size is 1/2 to 3/4 inch diameter. It is more than strong enough to support two to three beans planted at the foot of each bamboo pole.

Edited to add, mine are 6 to 7 feet tall. I can easily reach up from under them to pick beans.

Photo shows currently growing lima beans in this manner... Kristi

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Poughkeepsie, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 31, 2012
3:56 PM

Post #9146665

I'm growing pole beans for the first time this year. I stuck a 6 foot trellis in for them to climb.
Ozark, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 5, 2012
6:38 PM

Post #9153840

Not a teepee, but I just built a "bean arbor".

I had a 16' x 4 1/2' wire fence panel, and I drove four t-posts, bowed the fence panel up between them, raised it up one foot, and wired it to the posts. Then I added soaker hoses and planted two short rows of beans at the ends. The vines should climb up each end of the fence and meet in the middle.

The top of the arbor is 6 1/2 feet above the ground, just above my head. I planted big Romano-type pole beans on it and I know they'll hang down from the vines, so I should be able to pick beans easily while standing on the ground. I bet our grandkids will enjoy playing under this arbor - and I know I'll enjoy having a shady place in the garden to go to this summer.

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SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

June 5, 2012
9:27 PM

Post #9154102

Very nice, Ozark!
Greenfield, OH
(Zone 6a)

June 6, 2012
5:11 AM

Post #9154270

Ozark, Now thats a sweet idea!
Scottsville, KY

June 26, 2012
9:20 PM

Post #9182873

i used bamboo poles in my garden and have had no problems at all and i was told the poles should be 6 feet tall


Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 28, 2012
5:26 PM

Post #9185371

I'm trying to grow my own bamboo poles, but this Fargesia rufa is more like "stiff grass" than poles. Oh, well, it is only around 3 years old.

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Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 28, 2012
5:27 PM

Post #9185376

new growth this year plus a close-up

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