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Green bean
Plant Care Instructions By Julie Bawden-Davis

Green beans are annual and perennial vegetable plants that produce edible beans in pods. The plants grow in the warm-season, from late spring and throughout summer. Main varieties of beans include bush and pole beans. Beans can be eaten fresh, and some varieties can be dried and cooked.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones : 10a, 10b
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • February
      • March
        • Buy

            Buy plants and seeds if available at the garden center or via mail-order.

        • Sow Seeds

            Sow seed indoors for planting outside next month once the plant has two sets of true leaves. Use a loose seed-starting mix and plant seed 1-inch deep. Moisten soil well prior to planting and refrain from watering again until seedlings emerge. Place in a sunny window once seedlings germinate.

        • Special requirements

            Beans are shallow-rooted, so avoid cultivating around the root zone.

      • April
        • Buy

            Buy plants and seeds if available at the garden center or via mail-order.

        • Plant

            Plant in a full-sun location with loose, well-draining soil.

        • Sow Seeds

            Sow seed indoors for planting outside after mid-month once the plant has two sets of true leaves. Use a loose seed-starting mix and plant seed 1-inch deep. Moisten soil well prior to planting and refrain from watering again until seedlings emerge. Place in a sunny window once seedlings germinate. Sow seed outdoors in a full-sun location starting mid-month. Plant seed 1-inch deep in a loose, well-draining soil. Moisten the planting area well before planting and then refrain from watering again until seedlings emerge.

        • Fertilize

            Feed once with an all-purpose, organic vegetable fertilizer when plants begin actively growing.

        • Water

            Keep young bean plants evenly moist but not soggy. Mature bean plants can tolerate some dry conditions but require even moisture when they flower and form pods.

        • Pest/Disease Inspection

            Check for aphids, cucumber beetles and giant whitefly.

        • Treat for Pest/Disease

            Control aphids by applying a strong spray of water to plants. Repeat once or twice a day until the aphids are gone. Especially heavy infestations of giant whitefly can also be controlled with a strong spray of water. Whiteflies attract a beneficial parasitic wasp that will also destroy them, which is why it's preferable that you don't use any insecticides on the plants, but instead wait for the biological control to do its work. Cucumber beetles do the most damage feeding on young leaves, so cover plants with row cover to keep off the beetles until the plants are more mature.

        • Transplant

            Transplant plants grown indoors last month outdoors in a full-sun location with loose, well-draining soil.

        • Special requirements

            Beans are shallow-rooted, so avoid cultivating around the root zone.

      • May
        • Buy

            Buy plants and seeds if available at the garden center or via mail-order.

        • Plant

            Plant in a full-sun location with loose, well-draining soil.

        • Sow Seeds

            Sow seed outdoors in a full-sun location, planting 1-inch deep in a loose, well-draining soil. Moisten the planting area well before planting and then refrain from watering again until seedlings emerge.

        • Fertilize

            Feed once with an all-purpose, organic vegetable fertilizer when plants begin actively growing. Fertilize a second time when plants start producing pods.

        • Water

            Keep young bean plants evenly moist but not soggy. Mature bean plants can tolerate some dry conditions but require even moisture when they flower and form pods.

        • Mulch

            Mulch around the root zone with a 1-inch layer of shredded bark.

        • Pest/Disease Inspection

            Check for aphids, cucumber beetles and giant whitefly.

        • Treat for Pest/Disease

            Control aphids by applying a strong spray of water to plants. Repeat once or twice a day until the aphids are gone. Especially heavy infestations of giant whitefly can also be controlled with a strong spray of water. Whiteflies attract a beneficial parasitic wasp that will also destroy them, which is why it's preferable that you don't use any insecticides on the plants, but instead wait for the biological control to do its work. Cucumber beetles do the most damage feeding on young leaves, so cover plants with row cover to keep off the beetles until the plants are more mature.

        • Harvest

            Pick bean pods when the seed starts to swell slightly and they are bright green. Harvest regularly. Avoid letting the pods mature on the plant, as it will stop bearing.

        • Special requirements

            Beans are shallow-rooted, so avoid cultivating around the root zone.

      • June
        • Buy

            Buy plants and seeds if available at the garden center or via mail-order.

        • Plant

            Plant in a full-sun location with loose, well-draining soil.

        • Sow Seeds

            Sow seed outdoors in a full-sun location, planting 1-inch deep in a loose, well-draining soil. Moisten the planting area well before planting and then refrain from watering again until seedlings emerge.

        • Fertilize

            Feed once with an all-purpose, organic vegetable fertilizer when plants begin actively growing. Fertilize a second time when plants start producing pods.

        • Water

            Keep young bean plants evenly moist but not soggy. Mature bean plants can tolerate some dry conditions but require even moisture when they flower and form pods.

        • Mulch

            Maintain mulch around the root zone with a 1-inch layer of shredded bark.

        • Pest/Disease Inspection

            Check for aphids,. cucumber beetles and giant whitefly.

        • Treat for Pest/Disease

            Control aphids by applying a strong spray of water to plants. Repeat once or twice a day until the aphids are gone. Especially heavy infestations of giant whitefly can also be controlled with a strong spray of water. Whiteflies attract a beneficial parasitic wasp that will also destroy them, which is why it's preferable that you don't use any insecticides on the plants, but instead wait for the biological control to do its work. Cucumber beetles do the most damage feeding on young leaves, so cover plants with row cover to keep off the beetles until the plants are more mature.

        • Harvest

            Pick bean pods when the seed starts to swell slightly and they are bright green. Harvest regularly. Avoid letting the pods mature on the plant, as it will stop bearing.

        • Special requirements

            Beans are shallow-rooted, so avoid cultivating around the root zone.

      • July
        • Fertilize

            Fertilize with an all-purpose vegetable fertilizer when plants start producing pods.

        • Water

            Keep young bean plants evenly moist but not soggy. Mature bean plants can tolerate some dry conditions but require even moisture when they flower and form pods.

        • Mulch

            Maintain mulch around the root zone with a 1-inch layer of shredded bark.

        • Pest/Disease Inspection

            Check for aphids, cucumber beetles and giant whitefly.

        • Treat for Pest/Disease

            Control aphids by applying a strong spray of water to plants. Repeat once or twice a day until the aphids are gone. Especially heavy infestations of giant whitefly can also be controlled with a strong spray of water. Whiteflies have a natural predatory parasitic wasp that will also destroy them, which is why it's preferable that you don't use any insecticides on the plants, but instead wait for the biological control to do its work. Cucumber beetles do the most damage feeding on young leaves, so cover plants with row cover to keep off the beetles until the plants are more mature.

        • Harvest

            Pick bean pods when the seed starts to swell slightly and they are bright green. Harvest regularly. Avoid letting the pods mature on the plant, as it will stop bearing.

        • Special requirements

            Beans are shallow-rooted, so avoid cultivating around the root zone.

      • August
        • Fertilize

            Fertilize with an all-purpose vegetable fertilizer when plants start producing pods.

        • Water

            Keep young bean plants evenly moist but not soggy. Mature bean plants can tolerate some dry conditions but require even moisture when they flower and form pods.

        • Mulch

            Maintain mulch around the root zone with a 1-inch layer of shredded bark.

        • Pest/Disease Inspection

            Check for aphids, cucumber beetles and giant whitefly.

        • Treat for Pest/Disease

            Control aphids by applying a strong spray of water to plants. Repeat once or twice a day until the aphids are gone. Especially heavy infestations of giant whitefly can also be controlled with a strong spray of water. Whiteflies attract a beneficial parasitic wasp that will also destroy them, which is why it's preferable that you don't use any insecticides on the plants, but instead wait for the biological control to do its work. Cucumber beetles do the most damage feeding on young leaves, so cover plants with row cover to keep off the beetles until the plants are more mature.

        • Harvest

            Pick bean pods when the seed starts to swell slightly and they are bright green. Harvest regularly. Avoid letting the pods mature on the plant, as it will stop bearing.

        • Special requirements

            Beans are shallow-rooted, so avoid cultivating around the root zone.

      • September
        • October
          • November
            • December
              • Winter
                • Spring
                  • Summer
                    • Fall
                      • Buy

                        When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

                        •  Jan
                        •  Feb
                        •  Mar
                        •  Apr
                        •  May
                        •  Jun
                        •  Jul
                        •  Aug
                        •  Sep
                        •  Oct
                        •  Nov
                        •  Dec
                        • March

                          Buy plants and seeds if available at the garden center or via mail-order.

                        • April

                          Buy plants and seeds if available at the garden center or via mail-order.

                        • May

                          Buy plants and seeds if available at the garden center or via mail-order.

                        • June

                          Buy plants and seeds if available at the garden center or via mail-order.

                      • Plant

                        When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

                        •  Jan
                        •  Feb
                        •  Mar
                        •  Apr
                        •  May
                        •  Jun
                        •  Jul
                        •  Aug
                        •  Sep
                        •  Oct
                        •  Nov
                        •  Dec
                        • April

                          Plant in a full-sun location with loose, well-draining soil.

                        • May

                          Plant in a full-sun location with loose, well-draining soil.

                        • June

                          Plant in a full-sun location with loose, well-draining soil.

                      • Sow Seeds

                        When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

                        •  Jan
                        •  Feb
                        •  Mar
                        •  Apr
                        •  May
                        •  Jun
                        •  Jul
                        •  Aug
                        •  Sep
                        •  Oct
                        •  Nov
                        •  Dec
                        • March

                          Sow seed indoors for planting outside next month once the plant has two sets of true leaves. Use a loose seed-starting mix and plant seed 1-inch deep. Moisten soil well prior to planting and refrain from watering again until seedlings emerge. Place in a sunny window once seedlings germinate.

                        • April

                          Sow seed indoors for planting outside after mid-month once the plant has two sets of true leaves. Use a loose seed-starting mix and plant seed 1-inch deep. Moisten soil well prior to planting and refrain from watering again until seedlings emerge. Place in a sunny window once seedlings germinate. Sow seed outdoors in a full-sun location starting mid-month. Plant seed 1-inch deep in a loose, well-draining soil. Moisten the planting area well before planting and then refrain from watering again until seedlings emerge.

                        • May

                          Sow seed outdoors in a full-sun location, planting 1-inch deep in a loose, well-draining soil. Moisten the planting area well before planting and then refrain from watering again until seedlings emerge.

                        • June

                          Sow seed outdoors in a full-sun location, planting 1-inch deep in a loose, well-draining soil. Moisten the planting area well before planting and then refrain from watering again until seedlings emerge.

                      • Fertilize

                        When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

                        •  Jan
                        •  Feb
                        •  Mar
                        •  Apr
                        •  May
                        •  Jun
                        •  Jul
                        •  Aug
                        •  Sep
                        •  Oct
                        •  Nov
                        •  Dec
                        • April

                          Feed once with an all-purpose, organic vegetable fertilizer when plants begin actively growing.

                        • May

                          Feed once with an all-purpose, organic vegetable fertilizer when plants begin actively growing. Fertilize a second time when plants start producing pods.

                        • June

                          Feed once with an all-purpose, organic vegetable fertilizer when plants begin actively growing. Fertilize a second time when plants start producing pods.

                        • July

                          Fertilize with an all-purpose vegetable fertilizer when plants start producing pods.

                        • August

                          Fertilize with an all-purpose vegetable fertilizer when plants start producing pods.

                      • Water

                        Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

                        •  Jan
                        •  Feb
                        •  Mar
                        •  Apr
                        •  May
                        •  Jun
                        •  Jul
                        •  Aug
                        •  Sep
                        •  Oct
                        •  Nov
                        •  Dec
                        • April

                          Keep young bean plants evenly moist but not soggy. Mature bean plants can tolerate some dry conditions but require even moisture when they flower and form pods.

                        • May

                          Keep young bean plants evenly moist but not soggy. Mature bean plants can tolerate some dry conditions but require even moisture when they flower and form pods.

                        • June

                          Keep young bean plants evenly moist but not soggy. Mature bean plants can tolerate some dry conditions but require even moisture when they flower and form pods.

                        • July

                          Keep young bean plants evenly moist but not soggy. Mature bean plants can tolerate some dry conditions but require even moisture when they flower and form pods.

                        • August

                          Keep young bean plants evenly moist but not soggy. Mature bean plants can tolerate some dry conditions but require even moisture when they flower and form pods.

                      • Prune

                        When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

                        •  Jan
                        •  Feb
                        •  Mar
                        •  Apr
                        •  May
                        •  Jun
                        •  Jul
                        •  Aug
                        •  Sep
                        •  Oct
                        •  Nov
                        •  Dec
                        • Mulch

                          Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

                          •  Jan
                          •  Feb
                          •  Mar
                          •  Apr
                          •  May
                          •  Jun
                          •  Jul
                          •  Aug
                          •  Sep
                          •  Oct
                          •  Nov
                          •  Dec
                          • May

                            Mulch around the root zone with a 1-inch layer of shredded bark.

                          • June

                            Maintain mulch around the root zone with a 1-inch layer of shredded bark.

                          • July

                            Maintain mulch around the root zone with a 1-inch layer of shredded bark.

                          • August

                            Maintain mulch around the root zone with a 1-inch layer of shredded bark.

                        • Protect

                          When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

                          •  Jan
                          •  Feb
                          •  Mar
                          •  Apr
                          •  May
                          •  Jun
                          •  Jul
                          •  Aug
                          •  Sep
                          •  Oct
                          •  Nov
                          •  Dec
                          • Pest/Disease Inspection

                            What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

                            •  Jan
                            •  Feb
                            •  Mar
                            •  Apr
                            •  May
                            •  Jun
                            •  Jul
                            •  Aug
                            •  Sep
                            •  Oct
                            •  Nov
                            •  Dec
                            • April

                              Check for aphids, cucumber beetles and giant whitefly.

                            • May

                              Check for aphids, cucumber beetles and giant whitefly.

                            • June

                              Check for aphids,. cucumber beetles and giant whitefly.

                            • July

                              Check for aphids, cucumber beetles and giant whitefly.

                            • August

                              Check for aphids, cucumber beetles and giant whitefly.

                          • Treat for Pest/Disease

                            How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

                            •  Jan
                            •  Feb
                            •  Mar
                            •  Apr
                            •  May
                            •  Jun
                            •  Jul
                            •  Aug
                            •  Sep
                            •  Oct
                            •  Nov
                            •  Dec
                            • April

                              Control aphids by applying a strong spray of water to plants. Repeat once or twice a day until the aphids are gone. Especially heavy infestations of giant whitefly can also be controlled with a strong spray of water. Whiteflies attract a beneficial parasitic wasp that will also destroy them, which is why it's preferable that you don't use any insecticides on the plants, but instead wait for the biological control to do its work. Cucumber beetles do the most damage feeding on young leaves, so cover plants with row cover to keep off the beetles until the plants are more mature.

                            • May

                              Control aphids by applying a strong spray of water to plants. Repeat once or twice a day until the aphids are gone. Especially heavy infestations of giant whitefly can also be controlled with a strong spray of water. Whiteflies attract a beneficial parasitic wasp that will also destroy them, which is why it's preferable that you don't use any insecticides on the plants, but instead wait for the biological control to do its work. Cucumber beetles do the most damage feeding on young leaves, so cover plants with row cover to keep off the beetles until the plants are more mature.

                            • June

                              Control aphids by applying a strong spray of water to plants. Repeat once or twice a day until the aphids are gone. Especially heavy infestations of giant whitefly can also be controlled with a strong spray of water. Whiteflies attract a beneficial parasitic wasp that will also destroy them, which is why it's preferable that you don't use any insecticides on the plants, but instead wait for the biological control to do its work. Cucumber beetles do the most damage feeding on young leaves, so cover plants with row cover to keep off the beetles until the plants are more mature.

                            • July

                              Control aphids by applying a strong spray of water to plants. Repeat once or twice a day until the aphids are gone. Especially heavy infestations of giant whitefly can also be controlled with a strong spray of water. Whiteflies have a natural predatory parasitic wasp that will also destroy them, which is why it's preferable that you don't use any insecticides on the plants, but instead wait for the biological control to do its work. Cucumber beetles do the most damage feeding on young leaves, so cover plants with row cover to keep off the beetles until the plants are more mature.

                            • August

                              Control aphids by applying a strong spray of water to plants. Repeat once or twice a day until the aphids are gone. Especially heavy infestations of giant whitefly can also be controlled with a strong spray of water. Whiteflies attract a beneficial parasitic wasp that will also destroy them, which is why it's preferable that you don't use any insecticides on the plants, but instead wait for the biological control to do its work. Cucumber beetles do the most damage feeding on young leaves, so cover plants with row cover to keep off the beetles until the plants are more mature.

                          • Transplant

                            When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

                            •  Jan
                            •  Feb
                            •  Mar
                            •  Apr
                            •  May
                            •  Jun
                            •  Jul
                            •  Aug
                            •  Sep
                            •  Oct
                            •  Nov
                            •  Dec
                            • April

                              Transplant plants grown indoors last month outdoors in a full-sun location with loose, well-draining soil.

                          • Propagate

                            When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

                            •  Jan
                            •  Feb
                            •  Mar
                            •  Apr
                            •  May
                            •  Jun
                            •  Jul
                            •  Aug
                            •  Sep
                            •  Oct
                            •  Nov
                            •  Dec
                            • Harvest

                              When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

                              •  Jan
                              •  Feb
                              •  Mar
                              •  Apr
                              •  May
                              •  Jun
                              •  Jul
                              •  Aug
                              •  Sep
                              •  Oct
                              •  Nov
                              •  Dec
                              • May

                                Pick bean pods when the seed starts to swell slightly and they are bright green. Harvest regularly. Avoid letting the pods mature on the plant, as it will stop bearing.

                              • June

                                Pick bean pods when the seed starts to swell slightly and they are bright green. Harvest regularly. Avoid letting the pods mature on the plant, as it will stop bearing.

                              • July

                                Pick bean pods when the seed starts to swell slightly and they are bright green. Harvest regularly. Avoid letting the pods mature on the plant, as it will stop bearing.

                              • August

                                Pick bean pods when the seed starts to swell slightly and they are bright green. Harvest regularly. Avoid letting the pods mature on the plant, as it will stop bearing.

                            • Special requirements

                              Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

                              •  Jan
                              •  Feb
                              •  Mar
                              •  Apr
                              •  May
                              •  Jun
                              •  Jul
                              •  Aug
                              •  Sep
                              •  Oct
                              •  Nov
                              •  Dec
                              • March

                                Beans are shallow-rooted, so avoid cultivating around the root zone.

                              • April

                                Beans are shallow-rooted, so avoid cultivating around the root zone.

                              • May

                                Beans are shallow-rooted, so avoid cultivating around the root zone.

                              • June

                                Beans are shallow-rooted, so avoid cultivating around the root zone.

                              • July

                                Beans are shallow-rooted, so avoid cultivating around the root zone.

                              • August

                                Beans are shallow-rooted, so avoid cultivating around the root zone.

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