Kidney beans need full sun in order to thrive, so you should plan on growing them in a spot that gets at least six hours of direct sunlight a day, if not more. If possible, find a spot with soil that is naturally somewhat loose. Loose soil drains water more effectively, and this is crucial if you want to grow a healthy kidney bean plant.
Some sources claimed kidney beans can be grown in a bush or on a pole. Pole beans require support—like a stake or a trellis—and do best when they’re spaced out in the soil. Pole beans typically yield more beans during a growing season but take longer to be ready to harvest—usually between 10 and 15 days longer than bush beans.
How long does it take kidney beans to grow?
Depending on the variety you chose, kidney beans should be ready to harvest after 90 to 150 days. Pole varieties produce a harvest on a regular basis for one to two months. Adequately mature bean pods will be dry to the touch, and the beans inside the pods will feel very hard. Check the beans of one pod before you harvest the other pods.
The next thing we wondered was; when to harvest kidney beans?
Purchase good quality seeds of kidney beans from a garden center or nursery. Sow the seeds in a well-draining potting mix. If you are growing the seeds in the garden then sow them 4-inches apart for vining beans and 8-inches apart for bush beans varieties. Choose a location that gets bright, indirect sunlight. The seedlings will emerge in 2-3 weeks.
How deep do you plant kidney beans?
To grow kidney beans, wait until the spring after the last frost. Find a sunny spot in your garden with well-draining soil and bury the seeds 1 ½ inches (4 cm) deep, leaving 4 inches (10 cm) between seeds if you’re growing a vining variety or 8 inches (20 cm) if you’re growing a bush variety.
Kidney beans do best in USDA growing zones 4 and warmer with temps between 65-80 F. (18-26 C.) for most of their growing season. They don’t do well transplanted, so it’s best to direct sow them in the spring after the last frost date for your area. Don’t plant them too early or the seeds will rot.
How much sun do kidney beans need to grow?
Plant them in full sun exposure in well-draining soil. Beans don’t like to get their “feet” wet. When growing kidney beans, space the seed 4 inches (10 cm.) apart for vining beans and 8 inches (20.5 cm.) apart for bush varieties, one inch to 1 ½ inch (2.5 to 4 cm.) below the soil surface.