Bean, Contender Bush


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This tender bean is highly productive, stingless, and tastes best fresh from the garden.

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Bean –Contender – Bush

Phaselus vulgaris

This tender bean is highly productive, stringless, and tastes best fresh from the garden.  This variety came out of a breeding project from the cooperation of several agricultural experiment stations in 1949. It has stuck around for good reason! Beans are tasty and can be frozen or canned.  An early variety, Contender beans grow on medium-sized plants with 6″-8″ pods.  This variety is tolerant of hot weather, mildew and mosaic bean virus.

Suggested Planting Requirements: Legumes like a well-drained soil rich in organic matter and a moderate amount of nutrients. Plants should be watered lightly at the time of planting, medium at flowering and heavily throughout harvest time. Despite the warning against transplanting your beans, on our farm we almost always start our seeds in the greenhouse and plant them out. This allows for perfect spacing on our small farm. Depending on your preference you may start indoors for short-season growing, or seed directly once soils have reached at least 48F, after the last frost.  If you plant them too soon in cold soil, your seeds will likely rot.  Soak beans for 24 hours before planting for expedited germination.

Growing Recommendations: Avoid overhead watering to prevent diseases. The more you pick, the more beans the plant will produce. Checking the plant every few days is a good practice.  Space the plants 6- 8″ to provide ample airflow and prevent fungal issues.

Harvesting & Storage: Pick regularly to extend the harvest period. When you have enough beans harvested you can let the remaining beans mature and dry them on the vine to use as shell beans. Fresh pole beans freeze well.

Soil Temperature:65-85°F
Planting Depth:1″
Days to Germination:5-10
Days to Maturity:50-65+
Height at Maturity:12”-24”
Lighting Requirements:Full Sun


Package Weight: 9 grams

Approx. 30 seeds

Additional information

Weight0.10 g
Dimensions5.00 × 0.10 × 3.00 in

packet, 1/2 lb, 1lb


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