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Help! My bush beans look more like pole beans!

If you are wondering 'why are my bush beans growing tall like pole beans?' consider this advice...

bush vs pole beans

Because bush beans were developed from pole beans (for condensed and easier harvests), sometimes they can revert to some of the traits of their predecessors by stretching and getting a little lanky before settling into more of a compact bush habit. Thus, why your bush bean appears to be a pole bean.

If you find your bush beans are still getting taller than usual (about 12"-24" tall), here are a couple of things you can do:

  1. Sow directly in the garden or container where they will grow. Seeds that are sown indoors have a tendency to become leggy without full sun, and beans do not transplant well.
  2. Pinch off the top tip to encourage branching.
  3. Monitor environmental factors. Too little sunlight and high-nitrogen soil can also create tall plants.

With just this minimal care, you'll be harvesting loads of fresh, tender green beans in no time!

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5 out of 5 stars Jun 26, 2019
Good info! So, if my beans are already blooming/producing, can I still do the "pinch out the top" step, or does that have to be done when the plant is smaller? Thanks!
Ginny from MD
Owner Response: Thanks for the question. At this point, I would let your bush beans go on and produce.

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5 out of 5 stars Apr 18, 2021
I've planted indoors early and my beans are tall and leggy. How deep do I plant the bean plant outside in the soil. With tomatoes you can plant right up top the leaves but don't know about beans. Thanks
Heather from AL
Owner Response: Dear Heather, leggy seedlings are usually indicator they are not receiving enough light. The seedlings can be planted about 1-2" deep, covering the root ball. The roots of beans are very sensitive to transplanting so you will want to take extra care during this process. It is recommended you start beans outside for this reason. Happy growing!

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