Beans - Shelling - Cultivation
Shelling beans are an annual plant that grows best in warm, frost-free climates with full sun. They require well-draining, loose, fertile soil that is rich in organic matter and needs to be watered often to maintain an even moisture content in the soil. Shelling beans do not require fertilizer as they can receive nitrogen from the air, but mulching is necessary to help retain moisture and warmth and to keep weeds from growing. Some Shelling bean varieties may require stakes or trellises to support the climbing plant. Shelling beans should be planted in the spring after the last frost and planted in succession every two weeks. This ensures a continuous harvest and the beans will be ready for harvest beginning 70-120 days after planting. It is important to note that harvesting should be done on dry, sunny days. Harvesting on wet days can spread disease to the plants and damage the beans.