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Pinto Beans

Phaseolus vulgaris var. Pinto

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Pinto Beans Overview

Particularly important in South American cuisine, Pinto Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris var. Pinto) are also known as the Strawberry Bean. Usually a reddish-brown colour, immature green bean pods are also cooked and eaten - and known as green Pinto Beans. As with other Phaseolus Vulgaris seeds, they are planted in the spring and they flower and fruit in the summer. They like moist soil, a sunny spot and fertile soil. Their flowers are attractive to pollinators.

Common problems with Pinto Beans

Pods that come into contact with the ground can be subject to rot.

Pinto Beans Companion Plants

It is frequently grown along with Squash & Maize to complete the 3 Sisters a traditional growing pattern of the indigenous North Americans.

How to harvest Pinto Beans

Beans are ready to harvest in 55 to 65 days from transplant. Green beans are picked at an immature stage, when the seeds inside have not yet fully developed. Look for firm, sizable pods and snap or cut off the plant. Do not injure the plant!

How to propagate Pinto Beans


Plant seeds in Spring or Summer in warm soil. Germination in about 1 to 2 weeks. In Spring sow the seeds 2.5 cm deep and in Summer sow the seeds even deeper.

Special features of Pinto Beans

Crop rotation

Beans is well-known as a soilconditioner or Nitrogen fixer adding nitrogen to a garden bed either to neighboring plants or to the planting following the crop when rotating.

Pot plant

Good plant to plant in container, sow seed in warm soil, protect from frost and makes sure there are enough drainage holes.

Attracts useful insects

Insects such as honeybees, bumblebees and butterflies.

Other uses of Pinto Beans


It reduces risk of heart disease and colon cancer, as well as an improved regulation of diabetes.


Beans are a wonderful food that can be used either as a green vegetable or an important protein source. Its leaves are occasionally used as a vegetable.