“There is no substitute for Provider beans,” says Chris Carlin of Hyde Park, Vt. Also excellent for canning and “my choice for freezing and dilly beans,” says Elaine Carlson of Cape Porpoise, Maine. Anne Elder of Community Farm of Ann Arbor, Mich., praises its amazing resilience: it and Royal Burgundy re-flower repeatedly after heavy pickings followed by rains. Came in one day ahead of Contender for earliest in our observation plot.
Our best-selling variety in our entire listing year after year. Released by the USDA in 1965. Purple seed. Resistant to CBMV, NY 15, PM, DM, PMV. ①
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°. Optimal temperature 77°. Emergence takes 16 days at 59°; only 8 days at 77°. Produce 97% normal seedlings at 77°, but only 47% at 86°.
Wider spacing reduces likelihood of SC (white mold). Don’t disturb wet foliage.