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About This Plant...
Family: Fabaceae
Genus and species: Phaseolus lunatus
Growing Season: summer
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 3-4 weeks
When to transplant to garden: 1-2 weeks after last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: 1-2 weeks after last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 6-18 days
Germination temp.: 65-85 degrees F.
Sowing depth: 1 inch
Days to maturity: 60-85 days
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 8-12 inches
Spacing between rows: 36-48 inches
Growing On...
Pests: Mexican bean beetles, Japanese beetles, aphids, leafhoppers, seed corn maggots
Diseases: anthracnose, bacterial blight, nematodes, powdery mildew, viruses, white mold
Harvest: when the pods change color and the beans are fully formed but not dried out; for dried beans, wait until pods are thoroughly dry
Growing tips: dust seed with a soil inoculant at time of sowing; set up trellises before sowing or planting outside

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