James H. Schutte
(Painted Lady Scarlet Runner Bean, Scarlet Runner Bean)
Grown for its beautiful bi-colored blooms and edible beans, the Painted Lady scarlet runner bean relishes summertime warmth and humidity. This bean is native to the mountainous regions of Central America and is thought to have been cultivated as a food crop for nearly 2,000 years. Selection 'Painted Lady' is considered an English heirloom, and was even grown and admired by President Thomas Jefferson at his Monticello home around the year 1800. Scarlet runner bean, or case-knife bean, is a tender...
Originating from Central America and the Andes mountains of South America, lima beans have been cultivated for thousands of years by native peoples of the Americas. These legumes are valued for their pods of tasty, nutritious seeds which are typically broad, flattened and somewhat kidney-shaped. They were introduced to the Eastern Hemishpere during the Spanish occupation of South America in the 16th century. During this time boxes of the beans marked “Lima – Peru”, for their country of origin,...
National Garden Bureau
(Bush Bean, Green Bean, Pole Bean, Shelling Bean, Wax Bean)
Common beans, shelling, green or wax, are among the easiest of vegetables to grow successfully. These herbaceous annuals have two growth habits, bush and pole or climbing types, and originate from the tropical Americas.
Bean leaves are trifoliate (three-leaved), arranged in an alternate fashion on the stem and have oval or diamond-shaped leaflets. Leaf color can be green or purple. The flowers are typical of peas or beans; larger, rounded petals subtend smaller petals that form a lip or keeled...
(Black Valentine Green Bean, Bush Bean, Green Bean)
The heirloom bush bean variety, 'Black Valentine', may be eaten as a fresh snap bean or harvested for dry beans. It was introduced in 1897 by Peter Henderson & Company. This prolific plant produces long, green pods with shiny black seeds inside. Begin to harvest green snap bean pods 50 to 55 days after sowing seeds. An ideal pod measures 6 inches (15 centimeters) in length. Or, leave pods on the plant to fully ripen seeds.
Bean leaves are trifoliate (three-leaved), arranged in an alternate fashion...
(Blue Lake 274 Green Bean, Bush Bean, Green Bean)
A compact variant of the tried-and-true ‘Blue Lake’ pole bean, 'Blue Lake 274' produces loads of flavorful green beans on bushy plants. These plump beans are ideal for canning and ready for harvest around 55 days after sowing. Be sure to pick them when young and tender to avoid strings and toughness. Like many modern bean cultivars, this selection is self-fertile.
Bean leaves are trifoliate (three-leaved), arranged in an alternate fashion on the stem and have somewhat diamond-shaped leaflets....
(Blue Lake Pole Bean, Pole Bean)
Slender, juicy, tender green wax beans are produced on the vigorous pole beans, ‘Blue Lake.’ The flavorful beans are produced on high-performing plants, yielding harvest-ready pods about 62 to 65 days after sowing seeds. Resistance to mosaic virus also makes this a more desirable bean variety for the garden. Popular in the United States for commercial canning, these sweet, meaty but stringless bean pods are excellent for fresh eating, canning or freezing.
Bean leaves are trifoliate (three-leaved),...
(Bountiful Green Bean, Bush Bean, Green Bean)
The heavy producing 'Bountiful' bears many brittle, stringless, green pods about 6 to 7 inches (15 to 18 cm) long. Initially it was known as 'New Green Bush Bean No. 1', this heirloom bush bean variety was renamed thanks to Abel Steele of Ferguson, Ontario. In 1898 it was first sold commercially by Peter Henderson & Company. Though a snap bean variety, its dried beans are also ornate and tasty. Expect to begin harvesting beans only 45 to 50 days after sowing the seeds in spring.
Bean leaves are...
(Brockton Horticultural Shelling Bean, Pole Bean, Shelling Bean)
Red-striped green pods are the highlight of the heirloom shelling bean, 'Brockton Horticultural'. Introduced in 1885, it was first sold by the Aaron Low Seed Company, which obtained it from a market gardener in Brockton, Massachusetts.
The beans grow on tall, vining plants and have colorful pods filled with even more colorful beans with a nutty flavor. The seeds are tan splattered with dots and smears of mahogany red. Mature, dry bean pods are ready for harvest about 85 days after sowing.
(Bumble Bee Shelling Bean, Heirloom Bush Bean, Shelling Bean)
A bush bean grown for its highly nutritious dry seeds, 'Bumble Bee' beans also colorful and ornate. An heirloom selection from Maine, the 5-inch-long bean pods yield three to five large white seeds. A random black-maroon blotch develops around each seed's eye. Don't pick the pods prematurely to eat, but instead allow them to fully mature on plants about 85 to 98 days after sowing seeds in spring.
Bean leaves are trifoliate (three-leaved), arranged in an alternate fashion on the stem and have...
(Burpee's Stringless Green Bean, Bush Bean, Green Bean)
At the turn of the 20th century, 'Burpee's Stringless' was hailed as the only stringless green pod bean. Gardeners of the time reveled in picking the 5-inch-long (13 centimeter) pods and not having to worry about the pod string that made quartering the pods so awkward and annoying when making dinner. This heirloom bush bean variety was introduced in 1894 by the W. Atlas Burpee Seed Company. Expect to begin harvesting green snap beans 46 to 50 days after sowing the seeds in the garden.