How to Plant Pinto Beans


Pinto beans have the growing characteristics of a twining and climbing plants with long stems (see References). The beans can be plants themselves to bear more beans during the summer. Before planting the pinto beans outside you must let the bean sprout indoor in warm and dark location. The beans growing faster than most vegetable crops and can be harvested not to long after being planted outdoors. If you don't want to plant the beans in an outdoor garden you can also consider growing them in pots indoors, but then you must also make sure to keep any pets or indoor pests away from the plants.

Step 1

Purchase pinto beans for growing at your local garden store or use fresh ones to grow. Soak the beans in lukewarm water in a plastic container or pot for at least 3 hours.

Step 2

Scoop out the beans using a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel to dry. Let the beans sit on the paper towel for a half hour and then fold the paper towel over the beans.

Step 3

Place the towel and beans in a sealable plastic bag. Store the bag in a dark and warm place, such as a kitchen cabinet or above your refrigerator. Make sure you leave the plastic bag in a place where it will be unsettled.

Step 4

Check the bag each day to see how the beans are beginning to sprout. The bean should fully sprout after at least 4 days.

Step 5

Dig a hole in your garden that is a 1/4 inch deep and plant each bean sprout in the soil so that they are a least a 1/2 inch apart. Cover the bottom of the roots with the soil you dug up and pack it down tightly with your hands.

Step 6

Water the soil around the sprouts immediately so that the soil is at least 1/2 inch deep in moisture. Continue watering the soil once each day or whenever the soil is dry. You been beans should be ready for harvest within 6-8 weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Pinto beans
  • Plastic container
  • Plastic bag
  • Paper towel


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