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how deep to sow bean seeds?

Posted by kawaiineko_gardener 5a ( on
Sat, Jul 7, 12 at 22:27

This is for snap bean seeds; they're bush types.

I know, follow the instructions on the pkt. Most of them say about 1" to 1-1/2". I'm wondering, is this too deep? I'm concerned if I sow that deep, they'll rot in the soil and never sprout to the surface.

Also wondering about melon and cuke seeds; how deep? They're not tiny seeds, but they are still small.

I don't know how deep to sow; again I'm concerned if the sowing depth on pkt instructions is too deep?

Also I have lima and soybean seeds I plan to plant. They're very big seeds, never sown them; how deep to plant without them rotting in the soil, cause of depth being too deep?

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RE: how deep to sow bean seeds?

Plant them according to directions. Some people soak then overnight to get a small jump start at germination.

RE: how deep to sow bean seeds?

I'm not sure why, but very specifically and emphatically on all of the packets of bean seeds I got this year (untreated seeds from a few sources) was the instruction NOT to pre soak. Anyone know why that might be? I've soaked in the past. I did not this year, and I have to say that I noticed no difference in germination time or rate, FWIW.

RE: how deep to sow bean seeds?

The advantage of soaking bean seeds ahead of time is minimal. My general rule of thumb is to plant bean seeds or any seeds that size with about 3/4-1" of soil above the seed.

RE: how deep to sow bean seeds?

I don't soak peas or beans just in case something comes between starting to soak them and getting them into the ground - bad weather, sudden other commitments etc. I can't guarantee to be able to get out to the garden at the right time. But I do water the bottom of the drill when I sow.

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