How to grow: Beans
Pest management: Bean cultural tips, pests, and diseases
When to plant: Plant or transplant in April–June when danger of frost has past and soil has warmed. Direct seeded beans will rot if the soil is too cold.
Harvest window: 50–100 days depending on variety.
- Nitrogen fertilizer is not needed because beans are legumes that can fix nitrogen from the air.
- For a continuous harvest of bush beans, plant successive crops 2 to 3 weeks apart.
- Pole beans bear over a longer period than bush beans, but require trellising.
Some Recommended Varieties for Santa Clara County*
|Blue Lake Stringless||Pole, green pod|
|Spanish Musica||Pole, broad green pod|
|Kwintus||Pole, green pod|
|Chinese Green Noodle||Pole, 20" long pods, bright green|
|Taiwan Black Seeded||Pole, 38" long pods, black seeds|
|Blue Lake 274||Bush, green pod|
|Greencrop||Bush, green pod|
* Many other varieties may also do well here in Santa Clara County. This list is based on UC Master Gardener trials, taste tests, and feedback from local growers.