Green 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, green 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 green beans in a pot with our easy to follow gardening guide. Whether you're growing green beans, runner 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!

Growing green beans in containers is easy – they'll need access to full sun, large pots so they can spread out and grow, and a good quality potting soil. If you don't have a lot of gardening space, learning how to plant green beans in containers is crucial! This will enable you to start green bean seeds earlier than intended, and will also allow you to move the pot around as you see fit.

Plant your green beans at the beginning of the growing season, usually early spring. Be sure to bring your potted green beans indoors at night, especially if there is danger of frost.

How to Grow Beans in a Pot or Container

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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.

How to Plant Green Beans in Containers:

  • Fill your pot or container with a good quality potting mix that's suggested for vegetable planting.
  • Use equal parts compost with pasteurized soil.
  • Alternatively, you can also make your own potting mix by mixing equal parts sphagnum moss or compost with pasteurized soil and vermiculite or perlite.
  • Add some vegetable fertilizer or manure prior to planting.
  • You may also use a soilless mix.
  • Sow 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.
  • Provide irrigation to your green bean plants once the top 2-3 inches of soil are dry.
  • Fertilize once a month using a diluted liquid vegetable fertilizer.
  • Harvest your beans within 45-65 days of planting, depending on the variety.
  • If you're growing pole beans, make sure to provide them with a stake or trellis to climb on.
  • Keep an eye out for pests. If you do see an infestation, spray your green bean plants with vegetable friendly neem oil.

Green Bean Harvest:

  • Your green beans should be ready for harvest within 45-65 days of planting.
  • Harvest the green beans when they are about medium sized with firm pods.
  • You may use them fresh or freeze them for a later date.

So now that you know how to grow green beans in a pot, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!

Happy Planting!

How to Grow Beans in Pots