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Growing beans quick reference guide



Growing Beans Guide

The quick reference guide below is relevant for growing most of the many different types and varieties of beans.  You will find more specific information for the growing conditions of a particular bean type  on the page covering that bean type.

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Quick Reference Guide


The growing beans quick reference guide below is designed as a quick overview of growing beans. For more details on the different stages from seed to harvest go to the related pages link.





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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