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Pole Bean Seeds

What Are Pole Beans

Pole beans, sometimes called vine beans or green beans, have a vining habit and often grow 6 ft. tall. They require a trellis or support. Some gardeners plant pole beans as a companion to sweet corn because sweet corn stalks provide a natural support. Because of their climbing habit, pole beans often take up less space than bush beans, which have a rounded, bushy habit. Pole beans are also easy to pick.

Some pole beans are eaten as snap beans (the pods and small seeds are eaten). Other pole beans are grown for shelling beans and for dried beans that can be stored.

Pole Bean Seeds from Gurney's

At Gurney's, we grow pole beans in our trial gardens. Our pole bean seeds for sale represent top varieties in categories such as garden performance, disease resistance, flavor and yields. Generations of gardeners have counted on Gurney's to offer and deliver the best in pole bean seeds.

Choosing the Right Pole Bean Seeds

When selecting pole bean seeds for the garden, first determine what type of beans you'd like: snap beans, shelling beans or dried beans.

Pole Beans: Getting the Most out of Your Purchase

As with other vegetables, site selection is important to successfully grow pole beans. Pole beans should be grown in full sun (at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily). They also prefer well-drained soil. Pole bean plants require some type of trellis or support.

Getting Started with Pole Beans

Pole beans are one of the easier vegetables to grow and have a long harvest period. They can be harvested several times throughout the summer and even into fall.

How to Plant Pole Beans

Pole bean seeds are planted about 1 inch deep and about 4 inches apart. Planting time is also the best time to set up a trellis or support system for the bean plants.

When to Plant Pole Beans

Pole beans are warm weather plants, and bean seeds can be directly sown into the garden when the soil has warmed. If the soil is cold and wet, the bean seeds are less likely to germinate.

How to Grow Pole Beans

Once bean seeds germinate, the plants need about 1 inch of water weekly. Also, control the weeds around the plants. Mulching helps control weeds and retain moisture in the ground. Inspect the plants for signs of insect damage. Gurney's offers several pest control products.

When to Pick Pole Beans

Snap pole beans are most tender when picked before the seeds cause the pods to bulge. Shelling beans are harvested when the pods become thin but are not dried out. For dried beans, allow the pods and beans inside to dry out.