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Beans: Pole and Bush

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Days to Germination
7 to 14 days
Planting Depth
1 inch
Plant Spacing

4 inches for bush beans; 6 to 8 inches for pole beans

Days to Harvest
50 to 60 days

Bean seedlings can be sensitive to transplanting, so it’s best to sow the seeds directly outside. Wait at least 1 to 2 weeks after your last spring frost, or once the soil is about 65 degrees F.  Do not plant in the summer heat; bean plants will stop producing at 90 degrees F. Choose a spot with full sun. Water early in the day. Avoid working around beans when they are wet, as this may spread plant diseases. When weeding, hoe gently because beans are shallow-rooted. For pole beans, plant along a trellis or pole about 6 feet tall to support the plant Pick the bean pods when they are nearly mature, but not fully developed to make sure they are still crisp.

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Last updated: May 07, 2021
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