Growing Topcrop Bush Bean Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Phaseolus vulgaris
- Other Names:
- Days to Maturity: 54 days
- Hardiness Zone: 5-13
- Planting Depth: 1"
- Plant Spacing: 3"
- Row Spacing: 12-36"
- Growth Habit: Upright
- Soil Preference: Warm soil, ph level of 6 to 6.5
- Temp Preference: Warmer
- Light Preference: Full sun is required.
- Pests/diseases: Aphids
- Color: Green
- Flavor: Mild
Top Crop beans do best in soil that is low in acidity, around 6-6.8 in PH levels. Tilling the soil and mixing with a compost can help growth as well. Sow the seeds one inch deep, with a space of three inches between the plants. Top Crops need full sun, but only need moderate watering. Overwatering can kill the plant, so only water when the soil has gone dry. After around fifty days, the pods which grow near the top of the plant should be around five inches long. At this time, they will be mature enough to pick.
Bush beans require full sun and well-drained soil. Good air circulation around bush bean plants is essential, especially for late shelling or dry type beans, as they are very susceptible to fungal diseases which prevail later in the season. Bush beans are light feeders; compost or well-rotted manures worked into the soil at the time of planting is sufficient. A good source of Calcium, folic acid and potassium. Harvest fresh beans before they become tough and stringy. If you can see the bulge of a developing bean through the green pod, the bean is over-mature. Because Bush Beans harvest will only last about 2 weeks, you can enjoy more if you make small individual plantings every 10 days or so. Approx. 90 seeds/oz.