Grow Open-Pollinated Beans – Plant Light Red Kidney Bean Seeds
Early, light red kidney bean with a smooth, mild flavor. Likes to take on the flavor of spices and other ingredients during cooking. Nice yield on medium sized bush that is well adapted to growing in different regions.
Name:Bean Seeds (Bush) – Light Red Kidney
Botanical Name:Phaseolus vulgaris
Light Requirement:Full Sun
Planting Season:Warm Season
Plant Type:Determinate, Bush, Shell Bean, Dry Bean, Compact Upright Habit
Features:Heirloom, Easy to Grow & Maintain, Container Garden
Fruit Size:4-5 inches Long, 5 Beans Per Pod, Medium-Sized, Flat & Kidney-Shaped
Days to Maturity:85-95 Days
Plant Height:15-18 inches
Plant Spacing:4-6 inches
Planting Depth:1 inch
Sowing Method:Direct Sow
Seeds per Pound:1, 300
Hardiness Zones:3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
How to Grow Light Red Kidney Beans
When to Plant Bean Seeds
They should be directly seeded in the spring when soil reaches 65-75F (18-24C), and there is no longer a risk for a frost. Bush beans are determinate, meaning they grow to a certain size, about 2’ tall, blossom, turn out a single harvest of beans and then die. If you want a large crop to be ready almost all at once for canning or freezing, sow all of the seeds at the same time. If you want a higher, continuous yield throughout the season, you can have a succession of plantings with increments of 10 days, for example.
Where to Plant Bean Seeds
Bush beans are very simple to grow; they do well in most gardens and in most soil types.
How to Plant Bean Seeds
Prepare the beds by amending with compost and organic material so that you have loose, well-drained soil. Beans grow best in temperatures between 50-85F, in full sun. Sow your bush beans 1 inch deep and 4-6” apart, with rows 18-24” apart.
How to Harvest Beans
Harvest bush beans 50-60 days after sowing when pods are about 3” – 5″ long and before you see the outline of the beans inside. A mature bush bean feels smooth, firm and crisp. For use as dried beans, allow beans to dry on the vine for weeks after normal harvesting time. Pull the entire plant out from the soil and shell beans over a large table or tray.
If you are growing bush beans for multiple years in a row, rotate your planting area yearly. This will help prevent any soil-borne diseases from killing the beans as seedlings.