Pinto bean is part of the Phaseolus genus. Its scientific name is Phaseolus vulgaris. The botanical name epithet for Pinto bean (vulgaris) means 'common'.
Phaseolus vulgaris, the common bean, is an herbaceous annual plant domesticated independently in ancient Mesoamerica and the Andes, and now grown worldwide for its edible bean, popular both dry and as a green bean. The leaf is occasionally used as a leaf vegetable, and the straw is used for fodder. Beans, squash and maize constituted the “Three Sisters” that provided the foundation of Native American agriculture.Blooms appear in these approximate colours: Cream and Light goldenrod yellow. When mature, blooms are roughly 1.5 cm (that's 0.58 inches in imperial) in diameter.When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours: Cream and Fawn. Leaves appear approximately as a Forest green (web) and Kelly green colour. It is a flowering edible vegetable that typically grows as an annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. Pinto bean is known for growing to a height of approximately 6.50 feet (that's 2.00 metres in metric) with a climbing habit. This plant tends to bloom in mid summer, followed by first harvests in early autumn. This plant is a great attractor for bees, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Pinto bean is a great choice. Consider Papa de Rola, heirloom pole, Dry, Sierra and Burke to grow as they are very popular with home gardeners.
United States is believed to be where Pinto bean originates from.
Pinto bean is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!
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All legumes, such as beans and peas, are self-fertilizing. In fact, they leave more nitrogen in the soil than they use up. So they really don’t need to be fertilized, but what you can do is give them a boost with some “innoculant” (available at any garden center) which helps the plants fix nitrogen in their roots.1
When the plant has grown to the top of the support, nip out the top shoot to encourage flowering
To avoid any potential problems with weevils, freeze the well-dried beans for several hours before storing.1
See our list of companion Plants for Pinto bean to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
Soak beans in de-chlorinated water for about 2 hours before placing in soil. Do not soak for too long.
Sow direct or plant two seeds in a 7cm pot and germinate under cover,when plant has at least two true leave start to get the plants used to garden conditions ready to plant out
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Pinto bean about 1 days after your last frost date .
Plant out when all danger of frost has past. The beans require support of a frame and string or a bamboo pole to climb. Choose a sheltered and sunny positionEnsure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around 16°C / 61°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Pinto bean is a tender plant.
Harvest when the bean pods are completely dry and beans can barely be dented when bitten. Shell pods individually or thresh them by putting them in an old pillowcase and walking on it until the pods are completely crushed. Remove the chaff by pouring the beans back and forth between two bowls in a windy, or breezy, area, or in front of a fan. Store in air-tight jars or bags in a dry, cool place.1
When the dry beans have been harvested freeze them for an hour or so, as this will kill any grubs that would spoil the beans on storage
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Pinto bean plants:
Damp weather that comes along late in the season, when pods are maturing, can encourage beans to sprout in the pod. Pull plants when most of the foliage has died and hang by the roots in well-ventilated place to finish completely drying.1
Pest and Disease Prevention:
Provide good air circulation to help prevent blights, mosaic disease, and anthracnose. To avoid spreading rust, do not disturb plants when foliage is wet. Till under all plant debris in the fall to destroy any disease organisms, and do not plant beans or any other legumes in the same place more than once every 3 years.1
Mottled bean, Frijol pinto, Frijol, Kievitsbonen, Spikkelbonen
15 Nov 2013
This bean is consumed a lot in Spain & I became accustomed to them.Since returning to the UK we’ve continued with them.Now I grow them on our allotments.They give a big crop for very little work.
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