UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Beans

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How to grow: Beans

Pest management: Bean cultural tips, pests, and diseases

The Basics

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.

Care overview:

  • 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*

Variety NameDescription
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.

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