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Pole Beans

Botanical Name
Phaseolus vulgaris
Hardiness
Annual
Height
5 to 10 feet
Width
1 to 2 feet
Flowers
Mid to late summer: white
Fruit
Green pods, some varieties producing purple or yellow pods
Light
Full sun
Soil
Moist, well-drained
Planting & Care
  • Direct sow outdoors after danger of frost has passed. Beans germinate in temperatures 70 F to 80 F. Germination is slow and very poor when soil temps are below 60 F.
  • Never soak seeds before planting as this may damage seeds
  • Plant seeds 1 inch deep, 4-6 inches apart in rows 30-36 inches apart; or in hills, 4-6 seeds per hill, 30 inches apart with 30 inches between rows
  • Pole beans require adequate support to grow on. Construct or place supports before seeding to avoid damaging the shallow roots of these plants.
  • Mulch the soil around plants after the 2nd set of true leaves appears
  • Provide even moisture, about 1 inch per week
Problems
Mexican bean beetle, bacterial blights, aphids, leafhoppers, seedcorn maggot, mosaic virus, white mold, spider mites
Varieties
  • Kentucky Blue - All-America Selections winner, 7" round pods
  • Kentucky Wonder - 9" clustered pods

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