Growing pinto beans

How long does it take pintos to mature? We picked some as flat green beans and now are wanting to have shelled beans. It seems like it is taking FOREVER!

Also, my black eyed peas are looking beautiful, spreading out and covering the ground and producing very little. Same with my blue lake beans. Any suggestions?

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Jun 15, 2010
Harvesting Pinto beans, black-eyed peas and pole beans
by: Megan

Pinto beans take a good 3 months of warm temperatures to mature for shelled beans. They also need dry conditions usually in late summer or early fall before harvest to produce a good quality crop.

Black-eyed peas, which are really beans, like warm/hot conditions and take from 50-55 days to use as green peas or at least 70 days for dried peas.

Blue lake beans are pole beans and once they get going they grow fast and tall. You should be harvesting beans at 65 days, ideally picking 2-3 times per week to encourage more beans.

If your beans really are slow to produce there could be a few reasons. Firstly hot dry winds can blow the flowers off, and secondly disturbing the shallow roots of beans will set them back and slow the rate of bean production.

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