Growing Warm Season Beans in Phoenix
BEST TIME TO PLANT: Early spring once the soil has warmed, and mid-summer to late summer.
WARM SEASON BEAN VARIETIES: Black-eyed peas, Butter Beans, Green beans & Wax beans, Lima beans, Pinto beans, Scarlet Runner beans, Soybeans (Edamame), Tepary beans, Yard-long beans (Asparagus beans). Provide support for runner beans & pole beans.
SUN: 6-8 hours of direct sun, minimum. In less sun, production will be diminished.
SOIL: Should be well prepared with plenty of organic matter added to it.
PLANT SPACING: Follow instructions on seed packet – spacing varies by variety.
WATERING: Keep top inch or two of soil moist until seedlings emerge. Once plants are established, water deeply & thoroughly so water penetrates to a depth of 8” to 10”. Allow the top inch of soil to become between damp & dry before watering again, deeply and thoroughly.
FERTILIZING: Fertilize once, when the beans have bloomed, and pods are beginning to form.
HARVESTING: Keep green beans & wax beans picked, & pick before seeds begin to mature. Keeping plants picked promotes production.
ONCE THE HARVEST IS OVER: Cut plants off at the ground and leave the roots in the garden. Bean roots fix nitrogen and improve soil fertility.
SUPPLIERS OF BEAN SEED & SEED INOCULANT:
Johnny’s Seeds – johnnyseeds.com (seed & seed inoculant)
Native Seeds Search – nativeseeds.org (very cool Southwestern heirloom bean seed)
Vermont Bean Seed Company – vermontbean.com (seeds & inoculant)
For more detailed information about growing beans, see the article,
“Tips for Growing Beans” in:
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