Pole beans are a tender vegetable that grow best in warm weather.
Plant seeds directly in the garden the week of the frost date. Pole beans will continue to produce until the fall frost.
Continue harvesting from beans planted in the spring. Plant seeds directly in the garden 12 weeks before the frost date. Areas with no frost may continue to harvest pole beans into the fall.
Soil and Fertilizer
Before planting beans, amend with compost and fertilizer (chemical or organic), and fertilize several times during the growing season. Beans convert nitrogen from the air, so they will not need additional nitrogen once planted.
Fertilizer: 16-16-8 at planting, 9-59-8 every 4-6 weeks.
Harvest pole beans as soon as the beans are large enough to eat, and before the seeds start to bulge. This type of bean will continue to produce beans until the fall frost. It is important to keep picking the beans so the plant will keep producing.
Similar to: Bush Beans
- Bean Reference Sheet (Utah Extension Service)
- Recipe: Mediterranean Green Beans with Golden Raisins
I would say to harvest once the beans are full size, but BEFORE thick seeds develop. Sounds to me like they are ready. The more you harvest, the more motivated the plant is to create more.
When do I harvest my purple pod pole beans? Most of the pods are a deep purple but they are not very thick/full.
The spacing is the same, seeds is just the preferred method. Be sure not to disturb the roots when you transplant.
Whats the spacing when planting a small bean plants and not starting from seed?
I have been growing pole beans for a long time in my vegetable garden, these are excellent tasting beans that grow vertical on a trellis. This saves a lot of space in garden, and also makes harvesting a lot easier.