Half oz packet sows 5 poles; 2 oz sows 20 poles, 6 per pole. One customer says, “Many people—even gardeners and cooks—have no idea how much better tasting pole beans are. Most bush beans are cardboard by comparison.”
Culture: We’ve used four-legged tipis for staking for years. Gloria Seigars of New Sweden, ME, employs tall limber ash saplings that can be bent double without breaking. “Wired together, several of them make a nifty arbor and grand entrance to the vegetable garden.” Pole beans and Scarlet Runner climb them with enthusiasm. Will Bonsall suggests letting them climb sunflower stalks (give the sunflowers a 2-week head start). Tom Stearns uses a long sturdy fence (the most space-efficient way). All pole beans have strings that won’t annoy you if picked early and often. Frequent clean picking keeps your vines vigorous and productive. Pick and compost those fat ones hanging low that got away, or cut them coarsely and add them to minestrone soup as suggested by Crystal Nichols of Greene, ME. If you leave them on the vine your plants will stop producing, satisfied they’ve fulfilled their reproductive mission.
Phaseolus vulgaris 2 oz packet sows 25 ft; 1 lb, 200 ft. Avg 180 seeds/2 oz packet.
Culture: Legumes have moderate fertility needs. Excessive nitrogen may induce some varieties to develop vines in moist hot weather. Tender, will not survive frost. Plant 3–4 seeds/ft in rows 24–30" apart. Pick frequently for maximum yields, but avoid disturbing foliage in wet weather to prevent spread of fungal diseases. White-seeded beans usually don’t germinate as well as dark-seeded. Minimum germination soil temperature 60°. Optimal range 60–80°.
- ANTH: Anthracnose
- BBS: Bacterial Brown Spot
- CBMV: Common Bean Mosaic Virus
- CTV: Curly Top Virus
- DM: Downy Mildew
- HB: Halo Blight
- NY 15: NY 15 Mosaic Virus
- PM: Powdery Mildew
- PMV: Pod Mottle Virus
- R: Rust
- SC: Sclerotina
Wider spacing reduces likelihood of SC (white mold). Don’t disturb wet foliage.