How to Grow Beans in Hanging Pots

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For those with limited space, container gardening can be a true blessing. It allows you to grow fresh vegetables during the growing season on a patio or porch or other areas with no garden space. Beans are well suited to growing in hanging pots, provided you grow vine-type beans, such as pole beans. The resulting plants will not only provide fresh beans, but also add beauty to your space.

Things You'll Need

  • Hanging planting pots or baskets
  • Potting soil
  • Bean seeds
  • Fill the hanging pots two-thirds full of a good-quality potting soil.

  • Place three to five bean seeds 2 inches from the outside edge of the pot in a circle on top of the soil.

  • Cover the bean seeds with 1/2 to 1 inch of potting soil.

  • Water the pot and hang it in the desired area, ensuring that the pot receives full sunlight. The seeds should germinate within five to seven days.

  • Water the pot weekly. A good rain counts as a weekly watering.

  • Drape the vines over the sides of the hanging pots when they are long enough. As the plant grows, continue to train the vines to the outside of the pot.

  • Harvest the beans from the plant when they reach maturity. Picking the beans often will help the plant to produce more beans as the season progresses.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not crowd the beans in the hanging pot. If you are using a very small pot (6 inches or less), reduce the amount of bean seeds to no more than three per pot.
  • Almost any vegetable plant that vines can be grown in hanging baskets, including some varieties of tomatoes.
  • Container gardening, including hanging baskets, is virtually weed-free.
  • The blooms on bean vines indicate that fresh beans are only a week or so away.
  • If frost is expected and your beans are still producing, bring the hanging basket inside to keep the plant alive.

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