Growing Guide

Where to plant

Full sun. Moist soil.Make sure there is enough room if these are bushy beans, but if you have less space it can be great to use climbing beans in Summer, and broad beans over the cooler months since you can grow them vertically.

Sow depth


Space between seeds / seedlings


Row space


Size of pot needed (width / depth)


Seedling Sow Depth


Best practice

Directly sown

Germination (days)


Maturity (days)


How to Grow

How to grow video guide
From seed

Dig fertilizer into the soil.

Beans should be planted 10cm apart and sown just below soil level (beans are too delicate to transplant).

Sow butter beans, climbing beans in the warmer months when soil temperature is between 16-30 degrees all the way through to late Summer.

Broad beans are best sowed in Autumn.

From seedling

Beans should be sown directly into the ground or very carefully transplanted if you've started them off in seedling trays.

In a pot

Choose a pot that's at least 5cm wide.

Choose a dwarf variety of beans to plant.

Fill pot with potting mix, sow beans and water well.

Apply plant food when flowers grow.

Ready to harvest

Beans will appear fully grown.

Collect seed

Once the pods have dried on the plant, this is when to harvest bean seeds.

Remove the pods from the plants and lay them out to dry inside for at least two weeks.

After the two weeks have passed following the harvesting of bean pods, shell the beans or you can leave the seeds within the pods until the planting season.

When storing seeds, place in a tightly sealed glass jar or other container.

When to Grow


Zone 1 - Cool

April , May , August , September , November , December


Zone 2 - Temperate

April , May , June , July , September , October , November , December


Zone 3 - Subtropical

April , May , June , July , September , October , November , December

Companion Planting

Tips for Care

Beans come in two varieties, climbers or dwarfs.

Climbing beans need room to spread, so should be plated in the garden along a fence or with a trellis for suport.

Dwarfs are perfect for pots.
Beans are part of the legume family and can capture nitrogen from the atmosphere, so when you have harvested all the beans you want from your plant, dig them out and add to your compost heap for extra nitrogen!
Different varieties of beans may be stored together but wrapped in individual paper packages and clearly labeled with their name, variety and collection date.

Your bean seeds should stay cool and dry (32-41 F./0-5 C.).

The refrigerator is a perfect place for bean seed storage.

In order to keep the bean seeds from molding due to absorbing too much moisture, a little bit of silica gel can be added to the container.

Pests & Problems