How to Grow Beans from Dried Store-Bought Beans

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.

A bean shoot growing in a peat pot from a dried bean

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.

Supplies needed

  • 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.

Instructions

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.

a package of Hurst HamBeens dried beans mix with peat pots and soil for planting the dried beans

Put a single bean into the center of each pot and push it under the soil just a little with your finger.

A girl planting dried garbanzo beans, cranberry beans, and black beans in soil to grow bean plants.
dried beans in peat pots being pushed under the soil to grow

Cover the beans with soil. Spray each of the peat pots making sure that the soil is damp, but not drowning.

spray peat pots filled with soil and dried beans for growing

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.

a girl putting a window box with seeds to grow on a windowsill

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.

dried beans growing after 16 days from planting

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.

lima beans sprouting in a window box

23 days after planting

By the morning of February 12th we noticed so much more movement when we checked on the sprouts.

dried beans that have grown into shoots in a window box
pink beans and kidney beans growing in a window box from dried beans

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.

bean shoots growing 26 days after dried beans were planted
bean shoots growing in peat pots on a windowsill 26 days after dried beans were planted

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.

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