Beans come in many different varieties and can be grown as a bush or as a vine. Whether you have a lot of gardening space or very little of it, beans are the perfect vegetable to plant because when grown on the vine, don’t require much space. Today we’ll show you how to grow beans in pots with our easy to follow gardening guide. Whether you’re growing green beans or lima beans, the instructions will be pretty much the same. After all, beans are beans, but there are many varieties to choose from!

How to Grow Beans in Pots or Containers

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Choosing a Pot or Container:

  • Choose a pot or container that is deep enough to grow your beans in. Depending on the variety of beans you are growing, make sure to always follow the instructions on the package.
  • Pole beans, for example, need about 8-9 inches of depth, while bush beans can do with 6-7 inches.
  • Choose a pot with good drainage holes.
  • As a rule of thumb, plant 9 bean seeds for every 12 inches of surface space.

Planting Beans:

  • Fill your pot or container with a good quality potting mix that’s suggested for vegetable planting.
  • Use equal parts compost with pasteurized soil.
  • Add some vegetable fertilizer or manure prior to planting.
  • Plant the seeds about an inch deep into the soil and space them about 3 inches apart.
  • For the vine varieties, you can plant 2-3 seeds into the same hole.
  • Water your seeds, and keep the soil moist while germination occurs.
  • Your bean seedlings should sprout within 5-8 days.
  • Once sprouted, spread mulch onto the soil to keep it moist.
  • Place your potted beans in a sunny spot


  • Bean plants love water, so make sure the soil is moist at all times and water frequently.
  • Fertilize once a month using a diluted liquid vegetable fertilizer.
  • Harvest your beans within 45-65 days of planting, depending on the variety.

Happy Planting!

How to Grow Beans in Pots