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Veggie Garden Dairy
Vegetable Bean
Also Known As Many different varieties
Botanical Family - Fabaceae, Genus - Phaseolus, Species - P. vulgaris
Plant Type Warm season - annual - podding vegetable
Frost Tolerance Tender
Planting Position Sunny - Will tolerate some shade - requires a minimum of 4-6 hours of direct sunlight daily.
Seed Viability 3 years
Germination 7-14 days at 60-90 F (16-32 C)
Growing Temp 70-95 F (21-35 C)
Seed to Transplant Direct sow only
Planting Method Direct sow
When to Plant Spring
Time to Plant Wait until at least 1-2 weeks after the last average 32 F (0 C) freeze in your area but not before soil temperature are consistently 60 F(16 C) or above.
Seed Sowing Direct sowing bean seeds - For all types, 1 -2 inch (25 - 50 mm) deep. Bush beans - 2 inches (50mm) apart in rows 18-24 inches (45-60 cm) apart or double rows 4-6 inches(10-15 cm) apart. Pole beans - 4 inches (10 cm) apart in rows 30-36 inches (75-90 cm) apart.
Plant Spacing Bush beans thin to strongest, 4 inches (10 cm) apart. Pole beans thin to strongest, 6-8 inches (15 - 20 cm) apart.
Soil Conditions Well drained - Moderate to high organic matter - Low to medium fertility
Fertilizer Low fertilizer needs, 2-3 quarts per 100 sq feet (2.2-3.3 liters per 9.3 square meters) pre planting of All-Purpose 5-5-5 Organic Fertilizer icon, same rate for each side dressing.
When to Fertilize 2 weeks before sowing - After the main flowering and the pods are setting
Days to Harvest Snap beans 50-60 - Pole beans 60-110 - Most dry beans up to 120 days
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