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Are Bush Beans Self Pollinating?

Are bush string beans self-pollinating? I have covered my beans with a mesh netting to prevent the deer from eating them, thus preventing bees from getting to the flowers. Will I get beans?

No need to worry. Beans, peas and tomatoes are self-pollinating and do not need bees for fruit production. Their flowers have all the needed reproductive parts and can transfer and accept their own pollen for the development of their edible fruits. You may notice bees and other insects visiting their flowers, collecting nectar and spreading pollen as they fly between other flowering plants in the landscape. Tomatoes will produce a large crop with a little help from visiting pollinators. Self, just like insect and wind pollinated vegetables may suffer from poor pollination and fertilization due to adverse weather or poor growing conditions. So go ahead, leave the netting in place and enjoy the harvest this season. 

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