Beans (Bush Snap) Growing Guide

Phaseolus vulgaris

Beans (Bush Snap)

Crop Rotation Group

Legumes (Pea and Bean family) 


Average, well drained soil.


Full sun to very light shade.

Frost tolerant

Warm-season annuals, cannot tolerate frost.


Mix an organic fertilizer into the soil before planting, using rates given on the label. Supplemental fertilizer seldom required.


Single Plants: 9" (25cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 5" (15cm) with 1' 1" (35cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Plant seeds 2 inches deep and 6 inches apart in late spring, after the last frost has passed and the soil is warm. Make additional sowings until midsummer.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Bush beans are among the easiest vegetables to grow; highly recommended for first-time gardeners. Also can be used as a warm-weather cover crop to boost soil nitrogen levels.


Gather pods before they fill with seeds. When picked often, many varieties continue to produce for up to a month.


Japanese beetles and Mexican bean beetles sometimes damage leaves and pods. Gather them in broad containers of soapy water in the cool of the morning.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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