How to grow green beans indoors

Actually Green beans are annual plants that grow either as a vine or a bush. If you want to grow green beans indoors it is better to plant the bush bean variety, these varieties are smaller and they easily grow better in containers. This plant require full sunlight, so when keeping them indoors in containers they should be placed in a sunroom or near a window that receives a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight a day. Below are the requirements to grow green beans;

Soil preparation: Green beans really grow best in a soil that is rich with organic matter. Purchase compost-enriched soil, or you can work plenty of aged compost into the garden soil. The plant also needs loose, well-draining soil sand as well. An excellent ratio is 2 parts garden soil, 1 part sand and 1 part aged compost.

Green beans prefer a soil pH level of 6.0 and 6.8. Make sure you don’t plant in soil that is rich in nitrogen. If you want to apply any fertilizer, you can use a high-phosphorus fertilizer like a 10-20-10 and then work it into the soil 2 weeks before planting time. Also, aged compost will work very well.

Preparing the Containers: This plant grows very well in long and narrow containers, because they often grow as vines, spreading out so quickly. Make sure there are a lot of holes in the bottom of the container, and also line the bottom of the containers with a couple layers of newspaper so that the soil does not ooze out of the holes.

Planting the Seeds: If you want to grow the green beans in containers indoors, make sure you plant them in mid to late spring so that they can get plenty of sunlight. Plant the green beans seeds about 4 inches apart and one to 1 1/2 inches deep. If you are using 8 inch containers, you can plant 1 seed per container. You can add one-foot stakes into the containers, pressing it next to the planted seeds.

How to Care for Green Bean Plants

Green beans grow best in temperatures between fifty and eighty-five degree Fahrenheit. The soil temperatures should be kept between sixty and eighty-five degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure the soil is kept evenly moist, but not soggy. Also water at the root level. If the seedlings have grown larger than a couple inches you can easily mulch around them to preserve moisture. Continue to water the plant lightly. The green beans seeds will not germinate well in over-wet soil, so you need to take care not to over-water before their growth occurs. This plant is susceptible to diseases, including anthracnose, blight, and mosaic. Make sure you remove any diseased plants immediately because the disease can easily spread quickly.

Harvesting Green Beans: Bush beans should be ready for harvest fifty to sixty days after planting. The Bush beans can be picked while still immature when they are about 3 inches long and plumping out. Since they are annual you can eliminate the need to bend them by pulling out the entire plant before picking off each bean. After pulling, place the plant on the table and begin to pick out the beans.

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