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Blue Lake Pole Green Bean

Blue Lake Pole Green Bean

Phaseolus vulgaris
This homesteader's stringless green string bean has become a well-loved, gourmet classic.

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Blue Lake Beans, both the bush and pole varieties, were originally tough skinned canning beans for wild west homesteads. Today, after years of breeding and PR, Blue Lake is one of the most widely grown and loved stringless string beans. The plant's prolific, round green bean pods are easy to grow and have a consistently crisp texture and mild flavor. If you prefer a beanier tasting pole bean, try our Ideal Market variety.
Number of Seeds 50 seeds
Spacing in Row 6 inches
Spacing Between Rows 42 inches
Planting Depth 1 inch
Days to Germination 5 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 60 days
Height at Maturity 96 inches
Width at Maturity 4 inches

Beans are fun, fast-growing plants that take little care to perform well.

It makes sense to inoculate beans before sowing, which boosts the nitrogen levels of your garden soil with no work whatsoever. Inoculant is available at garden centers.

Sow bean seeds about three or four inches apart in the row around the third week of May. Plant in full sun, and provide a sturdy trellis for beans to climb, such as individual stakes, netting, or twine tied from a tall overhang and pinned to the ground. Will grow to 8' tall. Thinning is not necessary, but do keep the plants weeded, especially when young. Pole beans often bear for many weeks, continuing to set pods until frost. For most tender green beans, harvest when young, slightly thicker than a pencil.

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