Phaseolus vulgaris (Climbing variety)
French Bean Climbing, also known as pole beans, are vigorous growers requiring support for their climbing habit. They prefer full sun and well-drained, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0. Amend the soil with compost or a balanced fertilizer before planting.
Climbing beans are ideal for vertical gardening, saving space and facilitating easier harvesting. Plant after the last frost when the soil has warmed, as beans are sensitive to cold temperatures.
Direct sow seeds about 1 inch deep and 3 inches apart at the base of a trellis, stake, or other support structure. Space rows 2-3 feet apart. Once seedlings emerge, thin them to 6-8 inches apart. Regular watering is important, especially when the plants are flowering and producing pods. Mulching helps retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.
Refer to our detailed French Bean Climbing grow guide for more information on cultivation, including tips on support structures and variety selection.
Diseases, Insects, and Weeds
Pests like bean beetles and aphids can be problematic. Use floating row covers for protection and remove them for pollination. Manage pests and diseases like bean rust and powdery mildew with appropriate cultural practices, organic methods, or chemical treatments as needed.
Harvest pole beans when they are young and tender, usually when they are about the thickness of a pencil. Regular picking encourages the plants to produce more pods. Unlike bush beans, pole beans will continue to produce over a longer period.
Storage and Preservation
Store fresh pole beans in the refrigerator for up to a week. For longer storage, blanch and freeze them. They can also be dried, pickled, or canned.