Bean Plant Information


Beans are one of the most popular vegetables that gardeners grow. Easy to cultivate and usually having few problems throughout the growing year, beans are an ideal plant for the beginning gardener.

Types of Beans

Beans are generally grown in two types. Snap beans are picked while green, and dried beans are picked at the end of the season after the outer shell is dry and brittle.

Types of Bean Plants

Bean plants can be bushes, usually growing about 18 inches tall, or vines (pole beans), which grow from 6 to 8 feet tall.

Growing Times

Snap beans will generally take about two months to grow from planting to harvest. Dried beans can take three months or more to grow, and they stay on the plant until it is dried.

Plant Spacing

Bush beans should be planted about 18 inches apart. Pole beans can be planted 6 inches apart, either in rows or in a hill circled around a pole or wire cage.


Mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost with the soil before planting beans. No other fertilizer is necessary.


Beans need about 1 inch of water per week.


  • National Gardening Association: Beans
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