This isn't a question as much as a heads-up to other beginners like myself. This bean took 8 days to break the surface. This was after being started in paper towels, the shell being slightly cracked open, and not planted more than a 1/4" deep. Be patient. I wasted a couple of seeds because I was not patient enough. I have two plants growing and this was my last seed, so I figured I had nothing to lose by waiting her out. Glad I did.