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
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 estimates for how long Pinto bean takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 10 days | Min 7 days | Max 15 days (4)
Average 0 days | Min days | Max days (0)
Average 90 days | Min days | Max days (0)
Our when to plant Pinto bean estimates are relative to your last frost date.
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