Pole beans are natural climbers and need just a little training to grow on a stake. Thin tendrils spiral out from the stem of the plant and wrap themselves around the support, holding it tightly. Gardeners use this natural tendency to hold the plant off the ground, keeping the plant healthy and facilitating an easier harvest.
Planting in Hills
Build a tepee out of three to five bamboo poles for each hill. Tie the poles together at the top with wire or twine. Spread out the poles and push them into the ground securely.
Sow pole bean seeds at the base of the tepee, planting three to five seeds at each leg.
Lift the pole beans onto the pole as the plants grow. Wrap the tendrils around the pole to hold it in place. Once they are established on the pole they will automatically grab the pole, needing only occasional redirection.
Planting in Rows
Sow the beans about 4 to 6 inches apart in the row. Space the rows 30 to 36 inches apart.
Place a stake at the base of each plant, along the back of the row.
Lift the growing plant onto the stake, wrapping the tendrils around the stake to hold it in place.