How to Grow Bean Plants

Green ones, yellow ones, purple ones — who knew there was magic in a bucket of beans? Learn how to grow bean plants in your home garden with this step-by-step guide.

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7. Secure your plants.

Tie the plant stems to plant stakes or twiggy branches to stop them from falling over. Use a figure-eight loop so the stems don’t rub against the supports. Keep well watered.

Secure Young Plant Stems to Stakes for StrengthEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

8. Check under the leaves for aphids (also known as plant lice).

Remove them by wrapping tape around your fingers (sticky side out) and rubbing them off, or spraying them with water to knock them off.

Remove Aphids With Masking TapeEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

9. Pick the beans.

Wait until they're about 4 inches (10 cm) long, before they mature and become too tough to eat. This also encourages more to grow.

To get seeds for next year, leave one or two beans to over-mature before picking. Then let them dry out and split.

Pick Mature Beans to Encourage GrowthEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK Books

2010

Dorling Kindersley

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