All About Growing Beans

There's a lot to take into account when growing beans — what type to plant, when to plant, how to plant, pest control, and harvesting and storage — and we've compiled it all right here.

| June/July 2009

Illustration of beans growing

Because they tolerate a wide range of climates, growing beans will produce a rewarding crop in most regions of the North America.


(For details on growing many other vegetables and fruits, visit our Crop at a Glance collection page.)

Dependable and easy to cultivate, beans produce rewarding crops in a wide range of climates. Growing beans during the warm summer months may produce crisp green pods, protein-rich beans, or both, depending on variety.

Bean Types to Try

Snap beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) — the most popular garden beans — include bush and pole varieties, which vary in shape, size, and color. Tender filet beans are a type of green snap bean with stringless, slender, delicate pods. They are grown just like other snap beans. Growth period: 50-55 days bush, 50-67 days pole.

Dry soup beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) grow like snap beans, but the immature pods stay tender for only a few days as the plants hurry to produce mature seeds. They are very easy to dry. Growth period: 55 days green, 85 days dry.

Scarlet runner beans (Phaseolus coccineus) produce showy clusters of red blossoms that attract hummingbirds and bumblebees. You can eat the young pods like snap beans, or let the pods dry and harvest the mature beans. Growth period: 60 days green, 90 days dry.

Lima beans (Phaseolus lunatus) stand up to humid heat and heavy insect pressure, which makes them a fine bean for warm climates. Growth period: 75 days bush, 85 days pole.

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7/10/2014 3:28:12 AM

This is great. I am going to try this in my balcony garden.

6/18/2014 3:55:03 AM

I like the dependable and easy to cultivate, beans that produce rewarding crops in a wide range of climates. Thanks for posting this interesting article.

2/8/2014 5:53:51 PM

I live in northern Alberta where the growing season start end of May and if we're lucky till October? Last year our first frost was end of september and it killed my beans and tomatoes. I started the tomatoes indoors and they were doing beautifully until frost hit. I had a lot of green tomatoes!! My flowers, cosmos, nasturtiums, bachelor buttons, and marigolds fared better. Bachelor buttons can go thru 2-3 frosts before dying here. Gardening is a challenge here but I'm up for it. In addition to early frosts, my soil is mainly clay based so I depend on adding peat moss and loam. I have to truck in soil. I'm a beginner and need much advice and I garden organically. Cheers to all my gardening friends out their. I have been a fan of ME news for years!

11/28/2013 9:06:36 AM

I live in a place where it rains every afternoon, temperatures go up to 30 C and humidity of up to 70%. I planted snap beans from Known-You seed com-taiwan. It has grown up to 2 ft so far. Unfortunately 2 plants have aready succumbed to root and stem rot. I worry that the rest will follow the same fate. What can I do to prevent the other plants from dying? Help!

7/13/2013 2:52:25 PM

Then there is the other side of the coin. I live on the Northwest part of Florida and we have had rainy days for two weeks now. I had both Blue Lake bush planted and Kentucky Wonder on a teepee of poles. It was so thick you could not see the poles! After all this rain, the leaves on all my tomatoes, and beans turned to slime. :(  I cut the beans back and the goats ate what was left. Now that we have some dry weather coming next week, I will replant. Just remember, having too much water is just as bad as a drought!


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maddy who
12/28/2012 3:43:48 PM

Yard Long (asparagus beans) beans are great in Asian stir-fry dishes. Blanch them for a few minutes, cut into 2-3" pieces and then add them to your beef stir-fry. Martin Yan has a great recipe for this. You can also dry-fry (char them a little in the wok) with some dried chiles, garlic etc. Yard long beans are milder than regular beans and they do have a little asparagus taste to them. These are my favorite beans, then Haricot Vert.

wendy mendoza
1/17/2012 1:37:06 AM

thanks for making this. i cant wait to grow beans in my windowsill. it sound easy-peasy. :3

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