The green bean plant is native to Central America and grows in many tropical and subtropical regions throughout the world. It is an upright perennial that can grow up to two feet tall.
The bean plant is closely related to the onion plant, with the exception of the leaves being round rather than oval in shape. It is also closely related to the corn plant, the sweet potato plant and the sweet bean plant. The bean plant is also closely related to the squash plant, the cucumber plant, the aubergine plant, the watercress plant, the spinach plant.
The bean plant is a low maintenance herb. The leaves and roots are eaten raw or cooked. The seeds of the bean plant contain no known vitamins or minerals. They are rich in potassium, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus, copper, niacin, lutein and riboflavin, and are used as a vegetable filler and as a food coloring agent.
The bean plant is harvested when the plant reaches about three to four feet tall. It is cut in two, and the bean pod is peeled and crushed. The green bean is left to dry for several days, then picked. The bean pulp is boiled to make soups, chowders, stews and sauces.
Bean plants can be propagated from runners only need to be dug up. The plants should be replanted every three to five years. The beans will produce new shoots each year as long as they are kept away from too much moisture.
Bean plants grow best in rich, moist soil that gets enough water. If you live in an area with an especially rainy climate, try growing the bean plant on rocks, in planters or on shaded areas of your garden. Make sure the soil is loose and well drained before planting the bean plants.
The bean plant is easy to grow if you know where to plant it. If you live in a sunny part of the country, then the bean plant is likely to do well in full sunlight. If you live in a part of the country where the sun does not last through the whole day, then the bean plant probably won’t do as well either. In cooler climates, the bean plant may do better in areas where the sun does not last long.
The bean plant grows best in soils that are acidic. If the soil is very hard, then the bean plant may not be able to grow. If you have a soil that is rocky, then the bean plant may not thrive. To prepare the soil for the bean plant, remove all weeds, including the young shoots.
The bean plant thrives best in rich, dark soil, but it also does best in soil that is slightly alkaline. Soil that is slightly alkaline and has high levels of nitrogen and clay can be helpful. For best results, the bean plant can be planted in containers.
The bean plant can be started indoors by putting the seed directly into your compost. Then, spread the seed evenly over the top half of the compost. The top layer of soil will help the bean plant to establish itself and grow faster.
When the bean plant starts to flower, they usually bloom beautifully, but it may take several weeks until the bean plant blooms completely. Once it blooms, the bean plant can be harvested and used for soup, soups, sauces, chowders and stews. When picking the bean plant, make sure to only pick a handful of the flowers at a time.
The bean plant is a great addition to any kitchen. You can pick them fresh or use them in your recipes.