Latin name: Phaseolus vulgaris
🌱 Days to Sprout: 10-14
😋 Plant food: after true leaves
✂️ Thin to: 2 plants per yCube
🍅 Days to Maturity: 50-75
💡 Light Zone: Maximum
📏 Plant Size: 2 ft
💚 Care Level: Advanced
Beans originated in Peru and were spread throughout the Americas by migrating Native tribes. Beans were a staple in Native diets and were often grown alongside corn and squash with the cornstalks providing support to the climbing bean plants - known as Three Sisters planting. Christopher Columbus brought these New World beans back to Europe in the late 1400s. While early Green Beans were tough and stringy, plant breeders have made significant improvements to green bean flavor, texture, and growing properties since the late 1800s.
Green Beans have wide, heart-shaped green leaves and produce white, pink, and purple flowers. They contain many essential vitamins including A, C, K, B6, and B9 (folate). Just one cup of raw Green Beans provides almost 10% of the daily recommended amount of folate. Green Beans are a rich source of calcium, silicon, iron, manganese, and potassium. Legumes are rich in antioxidants including flavonols, quercetin, and kaempferol which actively reduce the risk of chronic disease. Green Beans are also an excellent source of fiber!
Enjoy Green Beans freshly picked or lightly steamed for optimal nutrition. They’re also tasty sautéed, boiled, baked, pickled, grilled, and even fried.
Care & Harvest
💡Temperature: Green Beans prefer warmer temperatures (70-85°F).
🐝 Pollination: White, pink, and purple flowers develop 4-6 weeks after sprouting. When they appear, help the plant with pollination by gently shaking the plant, or gently disturbing the inside of blossoms with your finger or a small brush.
Support: Though this is a compact plant, it may require support as it matures. We suggest using our Plant Belt to support the plant and its fruit.
✂️ Pruning: These beans require minimal pruning. Snip away yellow or brown leaves if they appear. Check the roots monthly and trim any that are brown or extending past the yPod.
🔎 Plant Health: Aphids and mites are a common pest, but you can use our prevention and treatment tricks to keep pests at bay!
Harvest: To harvest Green Beans, wait until they produce fleshy round pods that are about 5 inches long and generally as thick as a pencil. Snip the pods at the stem before they are fully mature and while they are still tender, usually 1-2 weeks after flowering. This variety of bush bean produces most of its fruit at once, but the plant will keep producing if harvested regularly.
Harvest to Plate Recipe
Garlic Parmesan Green Beans
Photo / Recipe Source: A Sweet Pea Chef
- 1 lb fresh Green Beans, stems removed
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
- Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet.
- Add garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring frequently..
- Add the green beans, sea salt, and black pepper, and toss to coat green beans evenly. Continue to saute for approx. 5-6 minutes.
- Remove from heat and sprinkle grated parmesan. Toss once again until parmesan is melted.
Our Plant Health & Nutrition Team thoroughly tests each variety we offer to bring you the most flavorful and high-quality plants. We regularly rotate our plant portfolio, so please note, availability varies.