The Q&A Archives: Bean Inoculant

Question: An old Sunset garden book states snap beans perform better if the seeds are treated with a legume inoculant; where can I find this inoculant?

Answer: In very basic terms, seed inoculant increases root initiation for more vigorous growth. It stimulates root and root hair development and aids in the uptake of nutrients. You can plant legumes without treating with inoculant, but treating the seeds prior to sowing will help your plants grow faster and healthier.

Inoculant is available from most garden supply and seed catalogs, including Territorial Seed Company, PO Box 157, Cottage Grove, OR 97424-0061.

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