Ask a Question forum: Planting beans

Views: 233, Replies: 2 » Jump to the end

Jan 25, 2017 3:09 PM CST
I live in zone 8, specifically the lower southwestern part of Alabama. I am planning my garden for spring and was given some half runner bean seed. I've never planted this kind of bean before, so I don't know much about them and know there are certain things that shouldn't be planted together. Could I have both half runners and snap sugar beans in my spring garden or will they cross pollinate and leave me with a mess?
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jan 25, 2017 10:17 PM CST
Hi and welcome, Elaine. (I am Elaine, too) By "snap sugar beans" did you by chance mean Sugar Snap peas? If so, they can be planted pretty soon, but you should wait to plant your half runner beans until the end of February or so.

Peas like to grow in cold weather and will withstand even light frosts with no problems. They will be more tender and tasty if you grow them in the coolest weather we have in the South. I'm planting them this week here in FL.

Beans are "warm season" plants and can be planted any time after the night temps are staying above about 50deg. The seeds will rot in cold soil.

As far as planting them together, you can interplant some beans with the peas later in the spring, when the peas are winding down and the beans will fill in the area that the peas were using.

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
Greenhouse Region: United States of America Region: Michigan Enjoys or suffers cold winters Butterflies Birds
Jan 25, 2017 11:20 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @ElaineinAL !

Even if you are talking about 2 different kinds of beans, cross-pollination will not result in a "mess;" beans rarely cross pollinate, and even if they did it wouldn't be a problem unless you were saving seed.

Happy gardening! Smiling
“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight." ~ Albert Schweitzer / - A Universe of Communities[/I] / Share your recipes: Favorite Recipes A-Z cubit
C/F temp conversion / NGA Member Map

« Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ask a Question forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:



[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by plantmanager and is called "Blue My Mind"