Return to the Container Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Peas/beans

Posted by klwallace12 7 (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 24, 14 at 9:44

Hey everyone, I am starting my seeds this week and haven't been able to find answers about my beans.

I have sugar snap peas, pole beans (Kentucky wonders), and a bush bean (contender) and I want to start them in containers. I cant find info on how many to put in each container. I will likely be using a 5 gal bucket for my pole beans but not sure on the other two.

If someone could point me in the direction on the needs of snap peas and bush beans I would be forever grateful.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Peas/beans

I planted 9 in 1 sf. of bush beans. so I would say 9 or so.


 o
RE: Peas/beans

  • Posted by Drew51 5b/6a SE MI (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 25, 14 at 7:26

I would plant one! (nine!!??) OK, maybe a couple but not 9! In ground you space them 6 inches apart. So like maybe 2 or 3 at the very most.
It's kinda late, snap peas are a cold crop so can be planted in August.
Probably enough time to start the beans, don't start the snap peas till mid august. They may bolt if planted now. Don't know? Never grew them. But I want to try them. Sugar snap peas are so good!


 o
RE: Peas/beans

Mine say 4 in apart and as I said in a square foot, yes 9,


 o
RE: Peas/beans

  • Posted by Drew51 5b/6a SE MI (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 25, 14 at 12:51

Mine say 4 in apart and as I said in a square foot, yes 9,"

It might be type of bean, I guess one should read the package of beans you got. Mine say 18-30 inches for rows, so it can only be one row in a pot.
I would worry about fungal infections that close, no air circulation. They are huge plants. At least mine are.
Two would fill a square foot, thus 6 inches apart, 30 inches for rows. The leaves alone are 6 inches wide.

Bush is the key, 9 bushes in one square foot? i don't think that is a good idea. Unless you want a super low yield.
I grow mine in the ground, but if in a 5 gallon pot I would put one in it. They have a 10 inch spread.
Google "how to grow beans" for more info. Look at growing guides on seed sites. Like Burpee has a growing guide link on every page.

This post was edited by Drew51 on Wed, Jun 25, 14 at 13:00


 o
RE: Peas/beans

Thank you both. I purchased my seeds online and they came in smaller zip bags they didn't come in a regular packet. So I don't have instructions. I have recommendation for what I can find online which has been the problem. I have bush beans and pole beans. Never worked with either


 o
RE: Peas/beans

According to Square Foot Gardening, you can plant them 3 inches apart.Because they are in an enriched soil with lots of nutrients you can plant them this close. This was designed for beans that grow on a vine. Bush beans would require more spacing.
You might want to think about shading, too. If they are planted too close they will shade one another to some degree. Although this didn't affect beans that I grew in a Tee-pee fashion in a regular garden.


 o
RE: Peas/beans

  • Posted by Drew51 5b/6a SE MI (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 26, 14 at 14:03

"According to Square Foot Gardening,"
I remember seeing something on tomatoes
I don't remember the distance, but the distance was absurd. You can plant tomato plants 6 feet apart and they will touch eventually. The SQ foot suggestion was way too close. I do think some things can be planted closer, but 9 bush beans in one square foot is not going to work at all. The package probably said 4 inches apart to plant, and thin to 6 inches, I would bet on that.
Oh and I would plant tomatoes 3 feet apart, and remove most suckers, leave some. I do grow tomatoes in pots. 30 gallon 1 plant. Tomato roots can grow over 4 feet. If you do this production is amazing. My average pot size is 15 gallons. I like the plants to be big and productive.
I had the same type pepper plant in a 5 gallon and a 15 gallon. The 5 gallon produced 15 peppers. the 15 gallon produced 75.


 o
RE: Peas/beans

  • Posted by NBM81 Zone 5b (Denver/Boul (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 26, 14 at 14:29

Hi klwallace!

You will have great luck using containers for your peas and beans. If you're planning to use a 5-gallon bucket for pole beans, construct some sort of trellis (maybe using a 54" tomato cage, twine and some bamboo?) for them to climb on. The higher, the better - perhaps as tall as 6 feet (read: something other than tomato cage). I planted bush beans (info below), but if I were planting pole beans, I'd make ½"-1" deep holes with my fingertips spaced 3" evenly across the top of the bucket. Plant two seeds per hole, thin to one when seedlings are 3-4" tall. Train onto the trellis and then let them do their thing. They're amazing like that.

I am growing both sugar snap peas and bush beans in containers and all are doing fine. I planted two "rows" of pea seeds in a large rectangular container - probably 26l x 10w x 10d. Every 3" I planted two pea seeds ½" deep. Once the seedlings were a few inches tall, I thinned to one seedling per hole. I threw two small (36") tomato cages in the container for them to climb and they're thriving. A small trellis would work better, but the cages work fine.

I have two containers of bush beans (same size as that used for the snap peas) - one stringless green and the other yellow wax. In each container, I planted one "row" of bean seeds down the center lengthwise. I spaced them at about 5", poked 1" deep holes, planted two seeds per hole. Thinned to one plant per hole at 3-4" tall. Each container has 4 plants and they're doing fantastic. Mulched the top few inches of the container with wood and only have to water every 3 days or so.

I water each of these containers thoroughly every 2-3 days, or until water comes out the drain holes, and I supplement fish emulsion at ½ strength in the watering can every Sunday morning since the size of the containers would mean the plants will quickly use what doesn't drain out. Multiple hot days in the 90s means daily water.

Snap peas:

This post was edited by NBM81 on Thu, Jun 26, 14 at 15:37


 o
RE: Peas/beans

  • Posted by NBM81 Zone 5b (Denver/Boul (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 26, 14 at 14:54

Here are the bush beans:

This post was edited by NBM81 on Thu, Jun 26, 14 at 15:09


 o
RE: Peas/beans

  • Posted by Drew51 5b/6a SE MI (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 26, 14 at 16:01

Hey it all depends what you want, production will not be there, but if it works for you fine. The more room you give them the more production, don't believe me try it. On some things you can plant closer as said, but no doubt bigger pots, more space would mean more beans.
Simple law of physics really. more roots, more top growth. The roots confined can only support so much growth. It is cool to do what you're doing. because how many do you need? And ok you got more than 15 peppers, but you didn't get 75 either. What's nice about your method is you can plant a lot of different things, if space is limited. Thanks for showing those photos, it looks to work well enough for sure. I may have to do it now to. As I'm getting way too many peppers and beans than I need. i could grow other items. My only concern is how easy a fungus could spread among your plants. I could limit mine to a plant, no doubt if one of yours comes down with it, all will. Everybody if they grow long enough will face these issues. They are cute little plants though!


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Container Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here