When to Plant Pole Bean Seeds
Plant your beans after the last frost in the Spring. Ideally, your soil temperature will be around 60-70 degrees F.
Where to Plant Pole Bean Seeds
Pole and runner bean plants grow bigger than their bush bean cousins, so they need more space. Pole and runner bean seeds need 3 feet (91cm) between rows and 7 to 12 inches (18 to 33cm) between plants. If you want your pole or runner bean plants to vine up a tepee-shaped support, dig holes in the corners of a 3 foot square (91cm), and plant 3 pole bean seeds in each. Maypoles, arches and natural supports, such as sweet corn, are often used to support the vines of pole and runner beans.
How to Plant Pole Bean Seeds
Pole and runner bean seeds should be planted 1 inch (2.5cm) deep in clay soil and 1.5 inches (3.75cm) deep in sandy soils. Pole bean seeds need soil temperatures to reach 65F (18C) to sprout reliably. Runner beans typically grow better in colder areas than pole or bush beans.
How to Harvest Pole Beans
Pole beans produce for several weeks so take care not to break the stems or branches as you harvest. Pole beans are ready when the pods are firm and crisp but the seed in the pod is not fully developed.
How to Deter Beetles from Bean Plants
If you are having a beetle infestation in your bean plants, you can spray the plants with a light mist of soapy water to deter them.