How to Grow Garbanzo Beans


Garbanzo beans are a dried bean that grows on a bush. They grow best in warm weather and take about 3 months before they can be harvested. Garbanzo beans have a nutty flavor and are commonly used in salad, hummus and in soup.

Things You'll Need

  • Dried garbanzo beans
  • Garden trowel
  • Garden soil inoculant powder
  • Hose
  • Plant garbanzo beans in an area that gets plenty of sun and has soil that is loose and well-drained. The beans should be planted when the chance of frost and cold temperatures have passed.

  • Avoid soil that has a high nitrogen content; it will stop seeds from producing and result in leafy growth. Soil should be high in potassium and phosphorous naturally, or you can add some to the soil.

  • Dig a hole 1 ½ to 2 inches deep and space each hole 3 to 6 inches apart. Sprinkle garden soil inoculant into the furrows as you plant the beans. Plant beans in rows, either single or double. Protect the beans from rotting by putting mulch between the rows in case the pods touch the ground as they grow bigger.

  • Keep soil moist while the plant is flowering and forming beans. To prevent the spread of fungus, don't touch the beans while they are wet from watering or morning dew. The garbanzo bean bushes are susceptible to insects including mites, aphids and beetles. They are vulnerable to anthracnose, which is a fungus, and blight.

  • Remove weeds as needed. Be very careful not to disturb the plant's roots because they are close to the surface of the soil.

  • Stop watering the garbanzo beans when they start to mature. Mature garbanzo beans are a light tan color. The lack of water helps the beans dry out.

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