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Kentucky Blue Pole Bean Seeds

Phaseolus vulgaris

  • HOW TO GROW
  • FAST FACTS
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Plant after the last frost, since pole beans are very sensitive to cold. Place the seeds 2" deep and 10" apart, allowing them to grow on a trellis or other vertical support as soon as they emerge from the soil. If using a teepee structure, plant them in groups of 5-6 plants per pole. Germination usually takes place in 14-20 days. For companion planting benefits, plant pole beans with corn; this provides natural support for both the vines and the corn stalks.

Growing: Keep the soil moist to ensure healthy plants and a productive crop, taking care not to disturb the blossoms as they form. Mulch helps conserve moisture, control weeds, and regulate soil temperature.

Harvesting: Expect your first beans about ten weeks after germination. Daily harvesting improves production; for best flavor and tenderness, pick the beans when they are no larger than a pencil in thickness. Serve or preserve the same day you harvested them for the freshest taste.

Seed Saving: Near the end of the growing season, allow the beans to dry completely on the vine; the pods will be light brown, and the seeds will rattle inside. Remove the seeds from the pods. After the seeds are completely dry, store them in a cool, dry place for up to a year.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Phaseolus vulgaris

Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Warm Season

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

US Regions: California, Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 80

Planting Method: Direct Sow

Height: 80 Inches

Size Price Quantity
XL Mylar Packet (~160 Seeds) $2.50 Sold Out
1/4 Lb Mylar (113g) $5.40 Sold Out
1 Lb Mylar (454g) $9.60 Sold Out
5 Lb Mylar (2.72kg) $43.20 Sold Out
10 Lb Mylar (4.54kg) $76.80 Sold Out
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DESCRIPTION

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This variety is a quality combination of two bean varieties, with the great flavor of the Kentucky Wonder and the enhanced sweetness of the Blue Lake. Healthy, vigorous vines grow up to 6 feet tall and produce an abundance of 6 to 7 inch dark green, white-seeded pods. Extended growing season! Sweet, tender flavor! Matures in about 60 days.
Calvin Lamborn, a seed expert from Idaho, developed Kentucky Blue when he crossed Blue Lake and Kentucky Wonder pole beans. His project started as an attempt to gain a bean that would fulfill the Japanese market for straight green beans. He achieved his goal of a straight bean that inherits the best qualities of its heritage; this bean received an AAS award in 1991.

HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Plant after the last frost, since pole beans are very sensitive to cold. Place the seeds 2" deep and 10" apart, allowing them to grow on a trellis or other vertical support as soon as they emerge from the soil. If using a teepee structure, plant them in groups of 5-6 plants per pole. Germination usually takes place in 14-20 days. For companion planting benefits, plant pole beans with corn; this provides natural support for both the vines and the corn stalks.

Growing: Keep the soil moist to ensure healthy plants and a productive crop, taking care not to disturb the blossoms as they form. Mulch helps conserve moisture, control weeds, and regulate soil temperature.

Harvesting: Expect your first beans about ten weeks after germination. Daily harvesting improves production; for best flavor and tenderness, pick the beans when they are no larger than a pencil in thickness. Serve or preserve the same day you harvested them for the freshest taste.

Seed Saving: Near the end of the growing season, allow the beans to dry completely on the vine; the pods will be light brown, and the seeds will rattle inside. Remove the seeds from the pods. After the seeds are completely dry, store them in a cool, dry place for up to a year.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Phaseolus vulgaris

Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Warm Season

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

US Regions: California, Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 80

Planting Method: Direct Sow

Height: 80 Inches

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