Where to plant:
String beans are annuals and like sun, space and slightly acid, well-draining soil.
They can be planted in a garden bed or in a container. For container growing, make up or buy or create a good veganic potting mix and follow the directions below, growing one plant per one gallon pot.
Sun: Full sun
Soil: Fertile, well-draining soil which is slightly acidic (about 6.0-6.2.)
If you’re a beginner, or if you don’t want to test your soil acidity, don’t worry too much about this aspect.
When: They can be planted throughout the year anytime after the danger of frost has passed and then up to 10-12 weeks before the next expected frost. They like warm soil above 65 degrees, although excessively high temperatures can weaken and damage plants.
Main differences between pole and bush:
Cons: Pole beans need a support for them to grow on, such a pole, fence or trellis. They also take longer to produce beans than the bush varieties.
Naturally, because pole beans grow up a vine, they must develop a vine before the plant begins to produce, meaning there is a longer duration between planting to harvest.
Pros: You can make creative structures for the pole beans to grow up. Once pole beans begin producing, they produce for longer than the bush varieties.
Cons: They will not produce beans for as long as the pole varieties.
Pros: They are free standing and need no support structure to grow on.
Next: spacing and how to plant.