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Kentucky Wonder Green Bush Bean Seeds

Phaseolus vulgaris

  • HOW TO GROW
  • FAST FACTS
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow seeds oustide at least 1 week after the last frost, since beans are quite sensitive to cold. They should be planted in rich, well drained soil with full sun exposure. If you have never planted beans in your garden before, treat the seeds with a powder inoculant to allow the process of nitrogen fixation to begin. Sow the seeds 1" deep and 3" apart, in rows 2'-3 apart, and press down the earth above them for good soil contact. These seeds rot easily in wet soil, so do not over water them. Germination should take place 7-12 days after planting. For companion planting benefits, plant bush beans near carrots, cucumbers, or corn; avoid planting them near onions.

Growing: After germination, maintain soil moisture; beans have shallow roots, and need water at least once a week if the weather is dry. Mulching the plants helps conserve moisture and discourages weeds.

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, or from 4-8" long. 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: 50

Planting Method: Direct Sow

Height: 16 Inches

Size Price Quantity
XL Mylar Packet (~100 Seeds) $2.50 -+
1/4 Lb Mylar (113g) $4.00 -+
1 Lb Mylar (454g) $4.80 -+
5 Lb Mylar (2.72kg) $21.60 -+
10 Lb Mylar (4.54kg) $38.40 -+
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DESCRIPTION

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This cousin of Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean has the same great taste, but has the picking advantage of a bush bean! Matures in just 50 days - a week earlier than most bush beans. The 16 plant is hardier than a pole bean, and doesn't need staking. The 8 meaty pods are crisp, and packed with delicious seeds.
First appearing in 1864, this variety of bean had the name "Old Homestead." Several years later, seed specialist James H. Gregory retitled it "Kentucky Wonder" and stated, "This we regard as far ahead of any other green Pole Bean." Before long, seed companies far and wide praised Kentucky Wonder as an excellent, unsurpassed variety because of its the tenderness of the bean even at large sizes. At one time it was the most popularly cultivated bean in America.

HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow seeds oustide at least 1 week after the last frost, since beans are quite sensitive to cold. They should be planted in rich, well drained soil with full sun exposure. If you have never planted beans in your garden before, treat the seeds with a powder inoculant to allow the process of nitrogen fixation to begin. Sow the seeds 1" deep and 3" apart, in rows 2'-3 apart, and press down the earth above them for good soil contact. These seeds rot easily in wet soil, so do not over water them. Germination should take place 7-12 days after planting. For companion planting benefits, plant bush beans near carrots, cucumbers, or corn; avoid planting them near onions.

Growing: After germination, maintain soil moisture; beans have shallow roots, and need water at least once a week if the weather is dry. Mulching the plants helps conserve moisture and discourages weeds.

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, or from 4-8" long. 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: 50

Planting Method: Direct Sow

Height: 16 Inches

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