Pinto Bean


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Pinto Beans are the most popular bean crop in Northern Mexico and Southwestern TomorrowSeeds! Named after the Spanish word for "paint," this beige open-pollinated bush shell bean is splashed with reddish brown streaks! Harvest early for 5-7-inch long green snap beans or later for dry beans. Delicious creamy texture, use whole in soups and chili or mashed then refried.

Also Known As: Speckled Bean, Painted Beans, Shell Bush Beans, Judias Pintas

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Plant Name: Bean, Pinto
Latin Name:
Phaseolus vulgarus
Days to Germinate: 7-14
Days to Harvest: 60 Pods; 90 Dry Beans
Germination Rate: 94%
Test Date: 2/23
Growth Habit: Bush
USDA Zones: 3-12
Lifespan: Annual
Brand: TomorrowSeeds
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Heirloom, Open-Pollinated
Fungicide-Treated Seeds:*: No
Seeds Packed For**: 2024

*Fungicide-treated seeds protect the seedlings from diseases until they are up and growing. Do not eat treated seeds.
**Seeds are freshly packed for the growing season of the year listed. Seeds are still viable beyond pack date. Store in a cool and dry location such as the refrigerator or basement to best preserve germination rates.

Planting Instructions:


Soil Preparation:

Remove weeds, large rocks, and litter from the planting area. Till the soil 8-10 inches deep and rake several times to break up large clods. It is best to do this when the soil is dry enough to not stick to garden tools. Loosening the soil will help the plant establish strong roots.


In the Spring, plant beans after all danger of frost has passed. In the Fall, plant beans 10 to 12 weeks before the first expected frost. Plant bush beans 1 inch deep and 1 to 2 inches apart in the rows that are 2½ to 3 feet apart. Planting in moist soil is best for seeds to germinate and emerge quickly. After the beans have sprouted, thin the plants to 4-6 inches apart.

Planting Depth: 1 inch
Within-Row Spacing:
1-2 inches, thin to 4-6 inches
Between-Row Spacing:
2 1/2-3 feet


Care During the Season:

Watering: Water the plants about once a week in dry weather. Try not to let the soil dry out while the beans are blooming or the blooms will drop and yields will be decreased.

Weeding: The roots of beans grow near the soil surface. When hoeing and pulling weeds, try not to dig too deep to prevent the plant's roots from damage.

Fertilizing: As the plants begin to flower and set beans, you may optionally apply fertilizer to help plants produce more beans. Apply by scattering between the rows about 1/2 cup of fertilizer for every 10 feet of row. Water the plants after fertilizing.

Insecticides: Insecticides may be used to protect plants. Bt-based insecticides and sulfur are organic options. Sulfur also has fungicidal properties and helps in controlling many diseases. Before using a pesticide, read the label and always follow cautions, warnings and directions.

Diseases: Diseases may be a possibility during cool, wet weather. If spots appear on leaves or bean pods, treat the plant with an approved fungicide. Neem oil, sulfur, and other fungicides may be used.


Pinto beans can be picked earlier for snap beans or later in the shelling stage or the dry stage. For snap beans, pick pods after 6 weeks when pods are bright green and at least 5 inches long. To pick beans during the shelling stage, pick when the pod has changed color and the beans have been plumped, but before the pods and seeds have dried. During the dry stage, pick dry pinto beans when the pods are dry and brittle and seeds inside are hard. Fresh beans and pods can be frozen or stored in a refrigerator for a week.


Nutrition Facts:

Calories 22
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.3 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 51 mg 2%
Potassium 98 mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 4.1 g 1%
Protein 1.9 g 3%
Vitamin C 10% Calcium 1%
Iron 3% Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B6 5% Cobalamin 0%
Magnesium 4%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.