With our Green Bean Guide, find information on growing green beans in your garden. We’ll show you how to plant, care for, and harvest both bush beans and pole beans. They’re a staple of every vegetable garden because they’re easy to grow in a limited space and versatile in the kitchen.
Green beans (also called string beans) are a tender annual that can grow anywhere with 6 to 8 hours of sun.
The main difference between bush and pole beans is the plants’ growing styles.
- Bush beans tend to grow more compactly (about two-feet tall) and do not require support. Pole beans will vine (a good ten feet) and need to be grown up stakes or trellises.
- Bush beans generally require less maintenance and are easier to grow, but pole beans typically yield more beans and are very disease-resistant.
- Bush beans produce before pole beans in about 50 to 55 days; pole beans will take 55 to 65 days.
- Bush beans often come in all at once, so stagger your planting every two weeks. Pole beans need their vines to grow and will produce for a month or two if you keep harvesting.
Though most green beans are indeed green, they also come in purple, red, yellow and streaked varieties.