How to grow: Beans
Pest management: Bean cultural tips, pests, and diseases
When to plant
- Direct seed or transplant: April–June
- For best results, wait to direct seed until daytime temperatures are regularly over 70 degrees and soil temperature is over 60 degrees. 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.
Additional link: Long Bean Trial
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|
Other recommended varieties:
- Bush beans: Beurre De Roquencourt, Greencrop, Landreth Bush, Nickel, Purple Podded, Roc d’Or, Royal Burgundy, Slankette, Strike
- Pole beans: Blue Lake, Dutch White Runner, Emerite, Fortex, Kentucky Blue, Marvel of Venice
* 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.