This post is sponsored by Hurst Beans.
Have you ever wondered if you can grow beans from a packet of dried beans from the grocery store? The answer is yes, you can! We are showing you how to do this using a packet of Hurst’s HamBeens 15 Bean Soup.
This cold winter weather calls for our 15-Bean and Turkey Slow Cooker Soup recipe. Before you soak the dried beans, grab a handful of them to plant with your kids for a fun growing project at home.
Can you grow beans from dried store-bought beans?
My daughter and I did this project together and have enjoyed watching our beans sprout. Follow along as we show you how we grew bean shoots from store-bought dried beans.
- An assortment of Hurst’s HamBeens 15 Bean Soup
- Window greenhouse seed starter dome and tray
- Biodegradable peat pots
- Organic starter potting mix
- Spray bottle with water
We purchased a window greenhouse seed starter kit from our local hardware store that came with a plastic tray for starting seeds. However, I decided to remove that and replace it with biodegradable peat pots. This makes it easier to transplant the bean shoots as they outgrow the dome into larger pots. You simply plant the peat pots directly into the soil without trying to remove the plant from the plastic containers which can become messy.
Use scissors to cut each individual peat pot from the others. This way if some beans sprout quicker than others and outgrow the dome you can transplant them easily without disturbing the others. You will see from the image below that we actually did this after filling them with soil, but only because I didn’t think of it right away, it came to me later.
Put a single bean into the center of each pot and push it under the soil just a little with your finger.
Cover the beans with soil. Spray each of the peat pots making sure that the soil is damp, but not drowning.
These are the dried beans that we planted (in order left to right). We planted two of each so you can see from the photos how quickly some of the beans have grown compared to others.
- Northern Beans
- Pinto Beans
- Large Lima Beans
- Garbanzo Beans
- Cranberry Beans
- Black Beans
- Pink Beans
- Kidney Beans
Note: The only varieties in the package that won’t sprout are the green and yellow split peas.
Put the dome over your tray and place it in front of a window that gets natural light and sun. The best spot for ours is on our bedroom windowsill that gets afternoon sunlight.
Timeline of dried beans growing
The dried beans were planted on January 20th.
16 days after planting
By February the 5th we were beginning to finally see some movement.
19 days after planting
On February the 8th, we woke up to our first shoot from one of the lima beans. You can also see tiny sprouts starting to form from the Northern and garbanzo beans.
23 days after planting
By the morning of February 12th we noticed so much more movement when we checked on the sprouts.
26 days after planting
February 15th some of our bean shoots are now touching the top of the dome. We’ve been through an ice and snow storm so the window is cold, but we have a heating vent underneath which I guess is keeping the plants warm. They are now ready to transplant into larger pots just as soon as this winter weather passes.
WHERE TO BUY HURST BEANS
If you are looking to find Hurst’s 15 BEAN SOUP locally to try your own planting project (and our delicious soup recipe), check out the store locator on hurstbeans.com.