How to Grow a Bean Plant

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Bean seeds are one of the easiest seeds to plant because they are large. Bean plants also grow readily without extensive effort by a gardener. Whether you choose a standard bush or pole bean variety or one of the many lesser-known varieties, grow a bean plant for an interesting gardening lesson for people of all ages.

Step 1

Fill the container to the top with potting soil. Plant the bean seed under 1 inch of soil.

Step 2

Water the newly planted bean lightly with water and keep the soil evenly moist during the germination process.

Step 3

Keep the container with the bean seed in a location that stays at least 55 degrees F.

Step 4

After the seed has sprouted, place the container under the grow light or in direct sun for at least six hours each day.

Step 5

Fertilize the bean plant after the plant blooms and beans form. Consult the package for recommended amounts for the size of container you are using.

Step 6

Continue to water the bean plant and provide at least six hours of light each day.

Step 7

Harvest beans from your bean plant when the beans are the same diameter as a pencil. Carefully snap the beans from the bean plant without damaging the plant as you do so.

Things You'll Need

  • Large container (16-inch diameter)
  • Potting soil
  • Bush bean seed
  • Water
  • Grow light or direct sunshine
  • Fertilizer (10-20-10)


  • Growing Beans
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About this Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.

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