There are basically two types of beans- bush beans and pole beans. All beans are easy to grow.
Bush beans are compact plants that grow and produce beans quickly, they yield well – most
of the crop comes at once. They don’t need anything to climb on. Depnding on the variety they are usually ready to pick 8-10 weeks following planting directly into the soil where you want them to grow.
Pole Beans are climbing varieties which need something to grow up. They produce their flowers, and therefore, beans more slowly than bush beans. They produce over a longer period often until frost comes. They take 10 – 12 weeks following planting in the spot where you want them to grow.
Tips: Don’t work around plants when wet. Keep beans picked for continuous bearing; shell mature beans and use as dried beans.
Varieties will vary from country to country. I have given some varieties so you get an idea of what to look for.
This is an easy to grow very vigorous climbing bean.
Sturdy bush plants. High yielding variety that are best when the flat pods are 5-6″ long the flat pods load up onto squat 16″ tall plants in just 55 days! They are resistant to the Bean Common Mosaic Virus. Plants grow to about 12 inches wide. Direct sow then thin plants to about 6 inches apart.
- Midori Giant
These bush variety plants grow 20 -24 inches high and about 18 inches wide. This is the biggest soybean available to home gardeners. Sow directly into the soil and then thin to 18 inches. They reach maturity 70 -80 days afer planting and are super producers with 2-3 buttery seeds per pod. Lightly steam beans, add a hint of salt and enjoy as Edamame, a delicious, nutritious snack. Tall, sturdy, well-branched plants. Fruit size is 2 to 3 inches.
This dwarf French bean has a sweet, nutty flavour that will produce over a longer period than most bush beans.or is sweet, nutty and delicious. The miracle is how the slender, 7″ stringless filet beans keep coming and coming. Will produce about 55 days following planting. The plant is only about 15 inches high and about 10 inches wide. Thin to 6 inches. The beans are about 6- 8 inches long.
This is a bush bean that yeilds a good harvest of crisp, flavorful, beans that are up to 11 inches. Beans will be produced about 57 days following direct palnting. The plants are about 24 inches high and 18 inches wide
This bean beat all others in our taste tests held by burpee gardening.
Yellow wax pole bean which has good flavor and continues to produce throughout the season.