Bean Seeds

Note: Germination instructions are not on seed packets, follow the instructions below for starting seed.

How to Grow Bush Beans

Bush Beans include such favorites as listed below, unlike pole-beans these are determinate, which means they grow to a certain size, blossom, fruit and stop growing. Because the best part of a bush bean harvest only lasts a few weeks, you'll enjoy more, and better-tasting beans if you make small plantings every 10 days.
Sowing
Seed Depth: 1" (2.5 cm), 6-8 seeds per hill
Germination soil temperature: 75-85F (24-29C)
Days to Germination: 7-10
Sow indoors: Not recommended
Sow outdoors: When soil temperature reaches 60F (16C)
Growing
Watering: Low at planting, medium at flowering and then heavy through harvest.
Light: Full Sun
Nutrient requirements: N=low, P=moderate, K=moderate.
Rotation considerations: Because they get along with just about all vegetables except members of the onion family, bush beans can go almost anywhere and be followed by just about anything.
Good companions: Beet, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, leek, marigold, pea, potato, radish, rosemary, strawberry and sunflower. Bad companions: Basil, fennel, kohlrabi, onion family.

How to Grow Pole Beans
Flavor is always a debatable point, however a lot of people who grow both Bush and pole beans think that pole beans are sweeter, more tender, and better tasting of the two. There is no debate regarding yields. Pole beans produce more pods per plant than bush types, plus they're easier to pick. Most of the growing information for bush types also works for pole beans, with a few exceptions. Because pole beans are vining plants, (indeterminate), they need support to produce the best crops.

Sowing
Seed Depth: 1" (2.5 cm), 6-8 seeds per hill
Germination soil temperature: 75-85F (24-29C)
Days to Germination: 7-10
Sow indoors: Not recommended
Sow outdoors: When soil temperature reaches 60F (16C)
Growing
Watering: Low at planting, medium at flowering and then heavy through harvest.
Light: Full Sun
Nutrient requirements: N=low, P=moderate, K=moderate.


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NPVB001 Black Turtle (Bush)
Black seeded, spicy flavor, for refrying or soups and stews in Mexican and Latin dishes, 85 days Cover 67-75
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Package of 1,000 seeds. $32.95
NPV009 Blue Lake (Bush)
Vigorous, high yield, 6" long stringless tender pods, use fresh or canned or frozen, best steamed, 55 days.
Package of 250 seeds. $10.95
Package of 1,000 seeds. $29.95
NPV0091 Cherokee Wax (Bush)
Yellow Bush Snap, tasty fresh, canned or frozen, 5-6" long, black seeds, resists rust and elosiac, 58 days.
Package of 250 seeds. $9.95
NPV010 Derby (Bush)
AAS, straight 7" pod, very tender, 57 days.
Package of 250 seeds. $9.95
Package of 1,000 seeds. $29.95
NPVB002 Fava Broad Bean (Bush)
Mediterranean cooking favorite, don't eat the 7" round green pod, use 5-8 white seeds green shell or dry, resists frost, 68 days.
Package of 100 seeds. $12.95
Package of 500 seeds. $39.95
NPV011 Fordhook 242 (Lima Bush)
Heavy yield through frost, uniform, dependable, big crops even in adverse conditions, 70 days.
Package of 250 seeds. $16.95
Package of 1,000 seeds. $62.95
NPV0092 Garbanzo ( Chick Pea )
Small beans add gobs of protein to salads, 5-15 pods/stem, white flowers, 112 days.
Package of 250 seeds. $16.95
NPVB003 Henderson Baby Bush (Bush)
Old time favorite, erect bushy plant, easily canned or frozen, set ods till frost, 70 days.
Package of 250 seeds. $9.95
Package of 1,000 seeds. $24.95
NPV012 Goldmine (Bush)
Best overall wax bean, straight smooth pods, high yield, blight resistant, 53 days.
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Package of 1,000 seeds. $28.95
NPV0121 Jade (Bush)
Round podded bush, long straignt dark green 7" pods, tender, sweet, fuzzless, multiple harvest, 60 days.
Package of 250 seeds. $9.95
NPVB004 Kentucky Blue (Pole)
AAS, Green pole, sweet, straight, round, 6" long, vigorous vine, 58 days.
Package of 250 seeds. $12.95
Package of 1,000 seeds. $42.95
NPVB005 Kentucky Wonder (Pole)
French green pole type, good climber, stringless, 9" long, thin, home garden type for cut or freezing, 65 days.
Package of 250 seeds. $10.95
Package of 1,000 seeds. $38.95
NPVBE01 Mascotte ( Excellent for container growing )
An All-America Selection award winner for its super-compact habit and high production of delectable beans. Mascotte provides full-sized harvests from container-friendly plants. Bushy plants grow only 16-18 inches tall with big, white blooms followed by tender, stringless, tasty beans held high for easy spotting. Slender, French-style green beans keep coming over a long harvest period. BMV, A, HB. White seeds. 50 days.
Package of 250 seeds. $9.95
NPV0122 Maxibel
French Filet Bean, 7" stringless thin dark green, concentrated set, uniform, high yield, great flavor, 51 days.
Package of 250 seeds. $9.95
NPV0123 Provider
Excellent overall green bean, good flavor, easy to grow, compact, round pod, germs well in cool soil, 50 days.
Package of 250 seeds. $10.95
NPV0124 Rodcor
French wax, unique rich buttery flavor for upscale fresh market, glossy yellow 6" pod, 53 days.
Package of 250 seeds. $10.95
NPV0125 Roma II
Flat, stringless green bean, bush Romano/Italian, 4" pods, high producer, rust tolerant, fine frozen/canned, 56 days.
Package of 250 seeds. $9.95
NPV0126 Royal Burgundy
Luscious dark purple 5" pod, great to add color to salads, turn green when cooked, 55 days.
Package of 250 seeds. $9.95
NPVB006 Tendergreen ( Green Bush )
Green Bush, Large 20" plant, straight round dark green, 6" long, meaty, purple seeds mottled tan, high yield.
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Package of 1,000 seeds. $32.95


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