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Description for Bush beans
Foliage grows well in shade, but plants need good sun for best flowering.
It blooms on new growth, so early spring pruning will not affect the flowering.
Vines must be grown on sturdy structures because mature plants produce considerable weight.
Planting and care
Plant where they will receive a minimum of 5 to 6 hours of full sun per day.
Plants grown in weak sun may not die at once, but they weaken gradually.
Give them plenty of organic matter when planting and donâ€™t crowd them.Wear sturdy gloves to protect your hands from prickly thorns.
Caring for Bush beans
- Feed plants on a regular basis before and throughout the blooming cycle (avoid chemical fertilizers and pesticides if youâ€™re harvesting for the kitchen).
- Once a month between April and July, apply a balanced granular fertilizer (5-10-5 or 5-10-10).
- Allow Â¾ to 1 cup for each bush, and sprinkle it around the drip line, not against the stem.
Summer, Rainy Season
Typical uses of Bush beans
Woodland gardens, naturalized areas.
Provides quick cover for fences, trellises, walls or other structures in the landscape.
Also may be grown along the ground to camouflage rock piles or old tree stumps.
Good vine for hot, dry sites. Needs lots of room. Excellent for hummingbird gardens.
Culinary use: Immature pods are used for a culinary purpose, frozen or canned.
Ornamental use: NA
Bean pods are effective in lowing blood sugar levels and can be used (with the concurrence of a doctor) for mild cases of diabetes.
A bean pod diet for this purpose would mean eating 9-16 lb. of pods per week (they can be cooked like vegetables).
Dried pods are particularly to be used in conjunction or rotation with other efficacious herbs.
Note: Use only after consulting the specialist.
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