Tomatoville® Gardening Forums


General information and discussion about cultivating beans, peas, peanuts, clover and vetch.

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old April 18, 2020   #1
whoose's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Bozeman, Montana Zone 6b
Posts: 333
Default Pole Bean Soil Temp?

I have a greenhouse and would like to know the minimum soil temp to plant Fortex Pole Beans. The soil is at 50f with lots of sun. Is this too low to plant? Optimal temp?
whoose is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 18, 2020   #2
RayR's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Cheektowaga, NY
Posts: 2,464

A little too cool yet, beans like it warm especially for germination. Probably over 60F soil temp, but more is better. You could pre-sprout the seeds indoors where it's warm or on a heat mat to speed up germination.
RayR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 18, 2020   #3
Patihum's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Southeast Kansas
Posts: 869

Soil temp of 60F would be better however if they're dark colored you can get away with 50F - white ones tend to crack at lower soil temperatures allowing microbes etc. to invade and sometimes you lose them.
Patihum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 23, 2020   #4
Jeannine Anne
Jeannine Anne's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,553

I have pole beans in my greenhouse. I started them inside and transplanted them about 3 weeks a go. they are growing up a trellis and are about maybe 20 inches now. I also put some in direct and they have just popped, also in the greenhouse.

I was actually testing germination , sowed 10 got 10 so they went in, it was the remainder of the same one that I put in the same area,,added to the plants. They all seem to be doing well.
Jeannine Anne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 23, 2020   #5
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 313

I'd concur with the recommendation of 60 degrees F. for soil temperature. In my experience, Fortex has good cool-soil germination; and in a greenhouse, soil moisture can be controlled. Go for it.
Zeedman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 24, 2020   #6
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: SE PA
Posts: 924

I'd say 60f min as well. Fortex is one that I grow every year; the seeds are a deep brown. I never read that, about the color mattering. Mine don't go out until mid May at earliest, often June. I love those filet style beans...they freeze well and fry up like fresh, in my opinion. We are still well stocked from last year with peas and beans.
JRinPA is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:52 PM.

★ Tomatoville® is a registered trademark of Commerce Holdings, LLC ★ All Content ©2022 Commerce Holdings, LLC ★