How to Stake Green Bean Plants

Overview

Green beans grown in the home garden provide a nutritious and tasty treat. Choose from several types of beans to grow including climbing varieties or what is often referred to as "pole beans." These green beans require some type of stake or other support at the time of planting. Choose from several different methods to create the proper support needed. You can make your bean supports from items you have already or purchase materials to use.

Tepee/Pole method

Step 1

Tie three stakes or poles together at one end with twine or wire. Use poles that are at least 6 feet tall; rough up the sides of the pole to permit the bean to grow on it.

Step 2

Spread the other ends of the stakes out to form a tepee-like support.

Step 3

Place the tepee over the mound of planted beans. If you use this type of support, plant one or two green beans plants at the bottom of each of the three stakes. If you prefer, use can a single stake. Drive the stake into the mound of of planted bean seeds (four to six plants per mound).

Trellis and Cages

Step 1

Place the poles 15 to 20 feet apart in rows. Put one pole on each end of the row leaving it at least 5-feet above the ground.

Step 2

Attach the wire to the top and bottom of one of the poles using a hammer and nails. Stretch the wire across to the other poles and attach it.

Step 3

Run twine diagonally from the top to the bottom of the wire. Start at one pole and run it to the other pole.

Step 4

Plant the green plants at the base, every 3 to 6 inches.

Things You'll Need

  • Poles (bamboo, sticks, branches or stalks), 6 to 8 feet long
  • Stakes, 5 to 6 feet long
  • Trellis (optional)
  • Fencing
  • Wire or twine
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Vegetable cages

References

  • Gardening Know How: How to Stake Pole Beans
  • North Carolina State University: Pole Bean Production
  • Texas Gardener: Grow Pole Beans

Who Can Help

  • Gardening Know How: Tips for Growing Beans
  • Ohio State University Extension: Growing Peas and Snap Beans in the Home Garden
  • Cornell University: Growing Guide -- Pole Beans, Green Beans, Wax Beans
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