While there is disagreement as to the wisdom of pre-germinating beans by soaking them, using these methods (called "chitting") will begin the germination process quickly. When beans are going into cool soil the technique may provide a useful early start. There are two methods, both simple, that will allow gardeners to chit the beans prior to planting in pots or planting outdoors in a prepared garden bed.
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Things you need
- Bowl or saucer
- Colander (optional)
- Small plastic bag
- Peat moss
- Bean seed
- Waterproof tray
- Damp newspaper or paper towels
- Plant cells/planting pots (optional)
- Potting soil
Fill saucer or bowl with lukewarm tap water.
Place beans in bowl or saucer, adjust water level so beans are covered. Leave to soak overnight.
Drain beans gently, by hand or with a colander.
Place peat moss in the plastic bag. Add the bean seed and shake gentle to coat damp seed with peat.
Sow peat and peat-covered seed in the garden in accordance with planting instructions.
Line a waterproof tray with a layer of well dampened newspaper or paper towels. The paper should be fully damp but not sopping, approximately as wet as a wrung-out wash cloth.
Place beans evenly on the surface of the paper.
Cover with a second layer of paper. Keep paper damp for approximately a week, checking occasionally to see if beans are sprouting.
When beans have sprouted then can be transplanted gently into warm, pre-tilled soil, or planted in a small plant pot or cell and allowed to grow further before being transplanted to the garden.
Tips and warnings
- Do not allow seeds to soak more than 12 hours: waterlogged seeds are likelier to split or suffer from moulds and rot that will reduce germination rather than encourage it.
- Many authorities recommend that bean seeds not be chitted, but planted directly, because of potential damage caused by soaking. Others consider chitting a sensible precaution when planting into a cool garden. To some extent experimentation and personal experience will establish which technique works best for you in your garden.
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