How to Sprout a Bean Plant

Two Parts:Sprouting the beansPlanting and growing the beans

If you'd like to give your beans a head start for a spring planting or you just want to grow beans indoors, you'll need to know how to sprout them effectively. The process for sprouting beans and growing bean plants is fairly straightforward and doesn't require a lot of space or resources.

Part 1
Sprouting the beans

  1. 1
    Run some cool water over a paper towel. Squeeze out the extra water so the paper towel is just damp.
  2. 2
    Choose any kind of dry bean. Good quality ones will be available in seed packages or from the health food store.
  3. 3
    Place anywhere from 1 to 5 beans in the paper towel. Fold the paper towel up.
  4. 4
    Place the bean filled paper towel inside of a clear sandwich bag. Put the bag in a windowsill or a place that gets lots of sunlight.
  5. 5
    Wait about a week. The seeds should have roots by the end of the week. If not, make sure that the paper towel is still moist and make sure it has plenty of sunlight.
    • Keep dampening the paper towel if needed.

Part 2
Planting and growing the beans

  1. 1
    Once the seeds have roots, they are ready to be planted. If the ground is not freezing, you can plant them directly in the soil outside. Otherwise, you can plant them in a pot indoors; just make sure that the pot is nice and roomy and gets plenty of sunlight.
  2. 2
    Water the seeds as soon as you plant them. Water them about twice a week, every week.
    • Remove any pest insects that you see if growing indoors; simply squash them between your fingers. For outdoors, you may need to make up a homemade spray.
  3. 3
    Harvest. Pick your delicious beans when they've grown to full size. You can eat them in soup, salad, or in just about anything.


  • Every seed will take a different amount of time to germinate. Some might take 2 days, and others might take 2 weeks.

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