Green Beans, Snap Beans
Greens beans are a type of snap bean that actually come in several colors, despite the name. Yellow or gold beans are often called wax beans and have a mild flavor. Purple beans boast a slightly more intense flavor and are just as productive as their green and yellow cousins. Whether you choose to grow bush varieties or those that ramble up a pole or across a fence, homegrown snap beans are a must-have summer treat.
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Green Bean Care Must-Knows
Green beans are easy to grow from seed planted directly in the garden. One of the keys to a great bean crop is to wait until the night temperature regularly stays above 55° F before planting. Bean seeds germinate poorly if planted too early. Select a full sun planting site that has fertile, well-drained soil. Plant seeds 1 inch deep and 4 inches apart in rows 18–24 inches apart. Sow seeds every three weeks or so until the end of June to provide a long, continued harvest.
Commonly munched by rabbits and deer, protect bean plants with fencing if these garden invaders are a problem in your area. Few other pests and diseases threaten beans. Prevent disease in future years by planting beans in a different spot in the garden each year. This practice is called crop rotation and cuts down on disease proliferation.
Green Bean Harvest Tips
Harvest most green beans when pods are 6-8 inches long, before pods and seeds reach full size, 45-55 days after planting. Specialty bush beans called filet beans should be harvested when pods are only ¼ inch in diameter. Harvest shelling beans once seeds have reached full size, about 80 days after planting. Dried beans take approximately 100-120 days to reach maturity. Because dried pods may split open and drop beans to the ground, place a large pan or bucket under the plants when harvesting dried beans.
Related: Quick and Healthy Green Bean Recipes
More Varieties of Green Beans
'Jade' bean offers slender, deep green pods that remain tender and productive in the heat of summer.
'Derby' bean produces tender, 7-inch-long pods that are easy to harvest. Plants resist disease well.
'Blue Lake 274' bean
This cultivar is a bush type that produces 6-inch-long green pods on bushy plants.
'Romano' pole bean
This selection forms a vigorous vine, which features pods that remain stringless even when large.
'Royal Burgundy' bean
'Royal Burgundy' bean bears nutritious purple pods that turn green when cooked.
'Roc d'Or' snap bean
This variety is a yellow-pod type that's also called wax bean. 'Roc d'Or' bears 6-inch-long yellow pods 52 days after planting.
Garden Plans for Green Beans
Fall Vegetable Garden Plan
Autumn's mild temperatures create perfect growing conditions for fall vegetables like kale and carrots. Here's how to enjoy these late-season treats by planting some fall garden vegetables.
Summer Vegetable Garden Plan
Enjoy summer's finest flavors with this fun and easy garden plan. This arrangement offers tons of color and texture as well as variety in flavors.
Planting Plans Inspired by the White House Kitchen Garden
Grow a 4x12-foot version of the White House Kitchen Garden (designed by Better Homes and Gardens garden editors) on your own south (or east or west) lawn. All you need is a spot that gets six or more hours of sunshine each day.