How to Grow:
Pole beans can be planted as soon as the last spring frost has occurred until 10 weeks before first fall frost. Beans can continue to be planted in summer, but don’t like temps above 90°F (32°C). In milder climates, bush beans can be planted throughout the summer, but in hotter climates it is best to switch to Southern Peas (Black-Eyed Peas). You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.
Pole beans are planted 8 per square 1 inch deep. Pole beans will require a trellis to help support their height. Pole beans will require full sun. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Once planted, it will take approximately 5-10 days to sprout. Make sure to keep light moisture during this phase. Increase watering as they develop. Try to avoid wetting the leaves to prevent disease.
Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these.
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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common ones for pole beans:
- corn borers
- cucumber beetles
- groundhogs (woodchucks)
- harlequin bugs
- mexican bean beetles
- root maggots
- spider mites
Pole beans will be ready to harvest in approximately 60-90 days after sprouting. Continually harvest to encourage more production. You can either harvest them young and tender as green beans or let them go to seed and harvest as dried beans. They’ll stop producing once the seed pods develop. Be careful not to break the stems while harvesting. Scissors help with this.
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