Bean, pole

Phaseolus coccineus

Haricots    Pole beans   Frijoles trepadores   Stangenbohnen

Crop Rotation Group :Legumes (Pea and Bean family)polebeans

Soil :Average, well drained soil

Position : Full sun to very light shade

Frost tolerant : Warm-season annuals, cannot tolerate frost.


Helps: Beets, lettuce, okra, potato, spinach, dill, cabbage, carrots, chards, eggplant, peas, tomatoes, brassicas, corn, cucumbers, grapes
Helped by:
Summer savory, beets, cucumbers, borage, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, larkspur, lovage, marigolds, mustards, radish, potato, peppermint, rosemary, lettuce, onion, squash, lacy phacelia
sunflowers, beets, brassicas, kohlrabi
Snails and slugs
Colorado potato beetle


Sow and Plant :Plant seeds 2 inches deep and 6 inches apart in late spring, after the last frost has passed and the soil is warm. Install a sturdy trellis before you plant your pole beans.
Mulch to keep the soil cool and moist, and to reduce problems with weeds.

Germination:  8-10 days

Spacing : Single Plants: 9″ (25cm) each way; Rows: 5″ (15cm) with 1′ 1″ (35cm) row gap

Feeding : Mix an organic fertilizer into the soil before planting, using rates given on the label. Supplemental fertilizer seldom required.

Harvesting : Gather pods before they fill with seeds. When picked often, pole beans continue to produce all summer.

Yield per 10ft (3m) rows: 3-4lbs

Time to harvest: 45-65 days

Troubleshooting :

Notes : Hosts nitrogen-fixing bacteria, a good fertilizer for some plants, too much for others. Rosemary and peppermint extracts are used in organic sprays for beans. Summer savory and potatoes repel bean beetles.