How to Harvest & Store Green Beans
Harvest Kidney Beans
Kidney bean plants require soil temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit to successfully germinate, although temperatures between 70 and 80 F are best. Sowing in cold soil will delay germination or cause the seeds to sprout poorly, which will result in a reduced or inadequate yield. As the summer season ends, kidney bean plants begin to lose vigor and die back. Pull up the whole bean plant, and place it on a flat surface in a shady area with freely circulating air. The plants should be left to dry until the pods begin to split open naturally, at which point you can simply pick up and shake the dry plant until the beans fall from the pods. Double-check the pods, manually removing any stubbornly clinging beans. Kidney beans require relatively little processing after harvest, although they must be sorted to ensure their quality during storage.
- Kidney bean plants require soil temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit to successfully germinate, although temperatures between 70 and 80 F are best.
- University of Illinois Extension: Phaseolus Vulgaris
- Cornell University Home Gardening: Growing Guide-Bush Beans
- Washington State University Vegetable Research and Extension: Dry Bean Varieties for Niche Markets in the USA
- Washington State University Whatcom County Extension: Growing Dry Beans in Home Gardens
- University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture: Home Gardening Series-Beans
- Picking green beans when there is still dew on the plants can cause a bacterial blight on the vines.
- Never wash green beans before storing them fresh, as the excess moisture can cause them to rot.
A certified nutritionist who majored in health, fitness and nutrition, Traci Vandermark has been writing articles in her specialty fields since 1998. Her articles have appeared both online and in print for publications such as Simple Abundance, "Catskill Country Magazine," "Birds and Blooms," "Cappers" and "Country Discoveries."