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How to Stake Green Bean Plants

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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


How you stake your beans depends on how much room you have, how many plants you are staking and the amount of money you have to spend on supplies. Choose from a single pole in the center for hill plantings or a "tepee-type" support created from several poles (sticks) when space is limited. Create (or buy) a homemade trellis-type support for row plantings or else use vegetable supports, like tomato cages when growing only a few green bean plants.

If you use pre-made tomato cages or other plant supports to stake your green beans, find the tallest ones you can, but these types of supports are typically not high enough to use. Bean supports need to be at least 5 feet tall.

If you purchase pre-made trellises or fencing to stake your green beans, use ones that are at least 5 feet tall and place the bean plants at the bottom of it every 3 to 6 inches.

You can also plant your beans next to a fence or other structure in your yard. Plant the beans as directed for trellis plantings.

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