Bush Bean Trio

BOTANICAL INTEREST

  • Botanical Interests Packet

Contains the following three varieties of bush beans. Blue Lake 274, an old-time favorite, noted for excellent flavor and texture, fresh or frozen. Cherokee Wax, a vigorous plant producing bright yellow pods. And Purple Queen, which has glossy deep purple pods which turn forest green when cooked. (140 seed packet plants approx. four 10-foot rows)

Botanical Name: Phaseolus vulgaris

Days to Maturity: 45–55 days

Family: Fabaceae

Native: Mexico and South America

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: Upright, compact, 12"–22" tall

Variety Information: 5"–6" long, green, bright yellow or deep purple pods. 'BLUE LAKE 274' is an heirloom, producing round, 6" pods with exceptional flavor and tenderness; the best green bean variety for freezing. Stringless when picked young. Plants are resistant to common bean mosaic virus (1, NY15). 'RESISTANT CHEROKEE WAX' is a 1959 improvement on the original 'Cherokee Wax'. Bright yellow pods conceal black seeds! Stringless in all stages; excellent for canning or freezing. 'PURPLE QUEEN' has deep purple, slightly curved, tender pods that turn dark green when cooked.

Type: Snap bean

Harvesting: Snap beans are ready to pick when the pod "snaps" or breaks in half cleanly. This is when the seeds have just begun to form and the pods are several inches long (depending on the variety). Hold the stem with one hand, and the pod with the other hand to avoid pulling off branches, which will continue to produce. At season's end, plants are great compost material if they are disease-free.

Because bush beans were developed from pole beans (for condensed and easier harvests), sometimes they can revert to some of the traits of their predecessors by stretching and getting a little lanky before settling into more of a compact bush habit. Thus, why your bush bean appears to be a pole bean.

MFG Part Number: 7302