Store-bought dried beans are a versatile staple to keep in your pantry. From rice and bean dishes to spicy bowls of chili, there are so many different things you can do with this hearty, protein-packed food. But have you wondered if you can grow your beans from the dried beans you find at your local supermarket?
You can grow beans from dried beans like what you’ll find at the grocery store. The beans will grow a new plant right from their dried state if given the right conditions, including good soil and ample water.
Want to learn more about how to grow your bean plant from your favorite dried beans from the grocery store? I’ll give you all the information you need to know so you can have a fun home gardening project and some tasty beans to eat.
Dried Beans That Grow Well
If you enjoy eating beans and can’t seem to get enough, you can grow your own beans at home using dried store-bought beans. However, not all of them can grow well in your garden.
Wondering if your favorite variety of beans is a good candidate for growing yourself? Here are some of the beans that will grow well from their dried state. You can try this project with other kinds of beans, but the popular options we covered here will give you a good start.
Derived from the Spanish word for ‘painted,’ pinto beans have a speckled exterior that makes them easily distinguishable from other kinds of beans. The earthy flavor they pack into every bite makes them one of the most popular varieties of beans to eat. Of course, one of the best ways to eat them is to cook them up as refried beans first.
Pinto beans are among the best beans you can grow at home. However, you will need to find the right kind of pinto beans in appropriate packaging. You can read more about how to grow them from my article: Can You Grow Pinto Beans from the Store?
Also known as chickpeas, garbanzo beans are hearty beans that are the staple of many different Mediterranean dishes.
As well as being great in their whole form, they are also often mashed up to serve as the primary ingredient in hummus, making a scrumptious bean-based dip that’s perfect for snacking on any occasion. They also taste great by themselves lightly roasted and given a sprinkle of salt on top.
These beans typically take a long time to grow, so growing them indoors late in the winter will allow you to transplant them into the soil as seedlings.
Typically found in Mexican, Brazilian, and other Latin American cuisines, black beans have a smooth texture and a mild flavor that make them complement many different dishes perfectly.
They are popular to use in making bean patties, offering a tasty plant-based alternative to traditional burgers. Their mild flavor also makes a great addition to a salad, adding some protein and complementing the fresh vegetables perfectly.
When choosing dried black beans for growing, you need to know the variety. Bushy and viney varieties may have different growing needs, especially with spacing.
Named for their distinctive shape, kidney beans have a red outer shell and a soft white interior. Packed with protein and antioxidants, these beans make a healthy side to any meal you’re planning. They are also one of the best beans to throw in a pot of chili, thanks to their smooth texture once they’re cooked through.
When growing kidney beans, you need to plan the location carefully, as they don’t tolerate transplantation well. You need to plan ahead how to transfer the seedlings properly to bigger pots.
Coming in various colors, including green, white, and cream-colored, lima beans have quite a bit of variety to choose from. The larger variety of lima beans has a subtle buttery flavor, while the smaller ones taste rather sweet. Add these as a side dish with just a dash of salt to add the perfect finishing touch to any plate.
If you want to sow the beans directly into your garden soil, you may need to wait until the last frost date to ensure they won’t be killed off by extremely low temperatures. The lima bean plant is sensitive to the weather, so you need to check if your climate is suitable for them.
Fava beans can be a little difficult to work with because they need to be removed from their pods before they can be eaten, but don’t let that dissuade you from growing this delicious bean. The buttery texture and nutty flavor of this bean are quite unlike anything else, giving you a unique flavor that you’re sure to love.
This bean plant can grow pretty large so you may need to transplant them outdoors when the temperatures are more suitable. Identify the variety you have in your pantry that you want to grow. Different varieties may have different growing needs.
With a striking color that is similar to the fruit they share a name with, cranberry beans are certainly one of the more eye-catching types of beans. Cranberry beans can often be found in Italian cooking recipes. Make a pot of minestrone with this bean as one of your ingredients, and you’ll get a garden-fresh flavor that can’t be beaten.
Depending on the variety, dried cranberry seeds may need to be soaked and germinated before planting. They can take up to 90 days to grow and be ready for harvest.
Supplies You’ll Need to Grow Dried Beans
Before starting the growing process, you’ll want to ensure you have all the right supplies to get the job done. Here’s a list of the different things you’ll want on hand to carry out this project successfully:
- Water spray bottle
- Potting soil
- Peat pots
- Greenhouse tray
- Dried beans of your choice
Step-By-Step Growing Guide for Dried Beans
Growing dried beans at home is an easy and rewarding process. You only need to ensure your plants have enough space and provide them with their essential growing needs and you’ll be able to harvest enough beans to cook before you know it.
Want to get started growing your beans to add a homegrown touch that will improve any meal you cook up in your kitchen? We’ll provide you with step-by-step instructions for how to grow a bean plant from your dried beans below.
1. Line the Tray with Peat Pots
Using your scissors, start by separating your peat pots from one another so you can use them for planting. Be careful of the sharp edge as you complete this step to ensure no accidental injury occurs.
Once you’ve separated the peat pots, line the base of your planting tray with them. These small compartments will give each bean the room it needs to grow without being overcrowded by other sprouts. They also allow you to transplant the sprouts easily once they outgrow the tray without causing any harm to the other sprouts.
2. Put Down a Base Layer of Soil
Your bean plants will need a base to grow their roots in and draw nutrients from. Place down a small amount of potting soil in the base of each peat pot.
You only need to start with around 3-4 inches (7.5 – 10 cm) of soil to act as the base. In the next step, you’ll add more soil to cover up the beans.
3. Plant Your Dried Beans
Now that you’ve got a nice base to work with, the next step is to add the dried beans that you want to grow. Place a bean into each of the peat pots and press down with your finger to put the bean just under the soil.
Once you’ve planted the beans, add another layer of soil to each of the peat pots. Only ½ – 1 inch (1. 25 – 2.5 cm) will do, as you don’t want to bury the beans too deeply to ensure they’re able to break through the surface of the soil.
4. Add Some Water
Any plant you want to grow requires some water, and beans are no exception. You’ll want to add some water to each of the peat pots right away to give your beans a healthy start as they begin to grow.
It’s important that you don’t oversaturate the soil your beans are growing in. This can lead to rot or mold that will kill the bean before it’s able to sprout. Using a spray bottle to apply a light amount of water that leaves the soil damp but not soaked is the best way to achieve the right moisture level.
5. Place the Beans in the Sunlight
Just like any other plant, beans need the right level of sunlight exposure. This allows the plant to generate energy to sustain itself through the process of photosynthesis.
Giving bean plants full sunlight is recommended to allow them to grow to their fullest potential. In other words, these plants need at least eight hours of sunlight exposure. A window sill in your home that gets plenty of morning sun should suffice in most cases, while a sunny patio or porch can also be a great option.
Once you’ve followed these steps, the only thing left to do is to give your beans some time to grow. Keep the moisture level up and ensure the beans get adequate sunlight as they begin to sprout.
If you plant them right and keep them in the conditions they like, your bean plants will grow strong. Soon enough, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with some tasty beans that you can use in your home cooking.