Botanical Interests Organic Bush Blue Lake Bean 274
An old time favorite with exceptional Blue Lake flavor, it is noted for retaining its excellent flavor and texture when frozen. This snap bean (or green bean) grown on short 16"-18" tall bushy plants is eaten pod and all and is one of those vegetables like tomatoes that tastes significantly better when grown at home rather than bought at the grocery store. Blue Lake 274 produces a very large crop of round 6" pods all at once. An excellent variety for containers. This packet plants: One 5-foot row.
When to plant outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost and when temperatures are warm. For all areas, bush beans can be planted in succession to produce beans all season. Seed a new crop every 7 to 14 days up to 60 days before first fall frost. Note for Southwest and South: Even though frost sensitive and preferring warm temperatures, the beans will drop flowers if daytime temperatures are consistently above 90 degrees F. In these very hot summer areas, beans should be planted in mid-March for June harvest AND in early August for late September harvest.
When to start inside: Not recommended.
Special Sowing & Germination Instructions: It isn't absolutely necessary, but seeds can be treated with an inoculant containing nitrogen-fixing bacteria. This may help plant growth and production if you are planting beans or peas in an area for the first time. Beans need good air circulation, thus the recommended distance between rows of 3'-4'. Seeds that do not come up can be immediately replaced. BUY NEW SEED EVERY YEAR. Bean seed does not store well and old seed is a big contributor to home garden failure.
Harvesting: Snap beans are ready to pick when the pod "snaps" or breaks in half CLEANLY. This is when seeds have just begun to form, and the pods are 4"-8" long. Hold stem with one hand and the pod with the other hand to avoid pulling off branches which may continue to produce. When harvesting, bush beans, some recommend pulling up the whole plant at once, since bush beans produce primarily all at once. (After harvest, the nitrogen-rich plants make great compost material!)
Container Tips: Bush beans can be grown in containers that are at least 2 gallons. 1 plant per container or thin plants to 4"-6" apart in larger containers. They are fun to grow in plastic-lined baskets (with drainage).
Contents: Phaseolus - vulgaris
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At Botanical Interests our goal is to inspire AND educate so that you can create beautiful and successful gardens.
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About Botanical Interests
Curtis and Judy met while waiting to interview for the same horticultural job and soon found they shared a boundless enthusiasm for gardening. Botanical Interests began out of their mutual passion and personal desire for better quality seed and more informational tools to help and inpire gardeners.
"We wanted a level of purity and quality that wasn't easy to find," recalls Curtis. So they searched out the highest quality seed available and began their business in 1997, in the spare bedroom of their Colorado home. The business objectives they established then still hold strong for them now: to inspire and educate gardeners; to provide high quality seed to their customers; and to create an enjoyable work place for employees.
Over the years, Judy and Curtis' family has grown along with their line of seeds which now attracts and pleases customers nationwide.