Bean Seeds


Useful gardening infomation

Dry Field Beans

Dry edible beans, or field beans, come in a wide variety of market classes, including kidney bean, navy bean, pinto bean, and black bean. These beans, although differing in the size and coloring of the seed, are all just different types of a single species, Phaseolus vulgaris L. Originally domesticated in Central and South America over 7000 years ago, dry beans moved their way northward through Mexico and spread across most of the continental U.S. These beans were commonly grown with corn, and sometimes squash. Now, instead of the Native American practice of dry beans and squash planted right among corn plants, a different bean, soybean from China, has found its place with corn.

Dry beans are the same species as green beans (snap beans) commonly grown in gardens. If you've seen green beans growing, you have a good idea what dry beans look like, with the difference being that dry bean varieties have higher seed yields. Some dry bean varieties are viney like garden bean varieties, while others are more of an erect, bushy plant, like soybeans. Dry beans do not grow as vigorously as soybeans, usually reaching only about 18 to 24 inches in height. Pods, each containing 2 to 4 seeds, are borne upon the length of the stem. Dry beans average about 22% protein in the seed. The amino acid profile of dry beans complements that of corn and other cereal grains, which is why the corn-bean diet was so standard through the Americas. The various market classes of dry beans are sold in a variety of forms. Great Northerns, navy beans, or mixes of beans, are the most likely to be sold as whole seeds in unprocessed form. Navy beans and kidney beans are both found in canned form, with kidney beans also common in chill mixes. Pinto beans and black beans are both made into refried beans, among other uses. Red beans are used for baked beans. Dry beans which do not meet quality standards for food use are typically sold for livestock feed. Like soybeans, dry beans have a trypsin inhibitor which prevents protein digestion in non-ruminant animals, including humans. Heat, applied during processing or home cooking, is needed to break down the trypsin inhibitor and make the beans fully digestible.

Growing Bush Beans

No garden is complete without bush beans. There are many varieties of bush beans to choose from and every gardener is sure to find one to suit their tastes. Bush beans do well in almost any garden as they are not too fussy about soil.
To ensure the best flavor, bush beans should be picked while still slender and no inner bean is well developed. For fresh bush beans all summer, plant every two weeks and pick frequently.
Direct seed bush beans after risk of frost when soil warms to 18-24°C (65-75°F). Sow bush beans 1" deep and 2" apart in rows 18" (bush beans) to 24" apart (shell beans). Reseed until mid summer for a constant supply all season long. If using untreated bush beans seed, plant thicker and thin to desired density.

Try companion planting with bush beans. Bush beans are excellent grown with most vegetables except the onion family, basil, fennel, kohlrabi.
Most bush bean types require a full sun location, soil pH of 6.5-7.5, and well drained soil. Good air circulation around bush bean plants is essential, especially for late shelling or dry type beans, as they are very susceptible to fungal diseases which prevail later in the season. Bush beans are light feeders; compost or well rotted manures worked into the soil at the time of planting is sufficient.

Harvest once the bush beans are smooth, firm and crisp. Keep bush beans constantly picked to ensure a fresh supply. Bean formation in the pod is a sure sign of over-maturity. Dry and Shell Beans: Harvest when the bush beans pods are completely dry and brittle. Cut or pull pods from bush bean plants and shell the beans. Store beans in an air tight container in a cool dry spot. For fresh eating of horticultural or shell beans, harvest when bean formation starts to take place within the pod.

Growing Pole Beans

Most of the gardening techniques that work with bush beans also work for pole beans. The two types require slightly different care at planting time to ensure their best growth. Pole beans offer great use of vertical space since they climb up poles, trellises or homemade tepees. They also have a longer growing season and are more tolerant of hot temperatures than bush beans, which mean they will yield two to three times more than bush beans from the same amount of space.

Because pole beans quickly grow into large, heavy plants, you should install your trellis at the same time as you plant and sow the seeds.

To start the pole bean seeds, use your finger to push the seeds about 1 inch into the soil. I sowed five to six seeds around each pole 6 to 8 inches away from the base. This is more seed than you'll need for each pole but it allows you to come back after the seeds have germinated to thin out the weaker plants. Use your hands to cover the seeds with an inch of soil and lightly tamp the soil. Finally, lightly mist the dry soil with a garden hose.
As vegetable plants grow from seeds to seedlings, water requirements will change. Beans require little care except regular weeding and watering if the weather is dry. Bean plants need about an inch of water per week. The beans should be watered in the morning so the foliage is dry before dark.
Bush beans will mature in 50 to 60 days; pole beans in 60 to 90 days. Beans are light feeders and do not need extra fertilizing as long as you plant in an enriched soil. You should fertilize young bean plants with an organic fertilizer, such as fish emulsion, every two weeks for the first six weeks, then once every three to four weeks.

Informative articles found on the web:

Making a bean teepee
How to grow pole beans
BeanBible.com features tons of recipes and useful bean information

Bush Beans



4BUR02 Bush Bean Burpee's Tenderpod ( From Burpee Seed Co. )
Heirloom. Stays tender and stringless even when fully mature.
50 days. This 1941 AAS winner is notable because it stays tender and stringless even when fully mature. Pods are 4-5" long, thick and round in cross section, with distinctively curved tips. Also good as a dried shell bean.
  28g Pack $3.19
4BUR04 Bush Snap Bean Burpee's French Filet ( From Burpee Seed Co. )
The delicious, rich flavor of these thin, straight, tender beans is unlike any other.
Plants yield early and need no support. Our seed is not treated. The delicious, rich flavor of these thin, straight, tender beans is unlike any other. Easy to grow, they reach their flavor peak at 5-7" long and a mere 3/8" wide. Dark green pods are streaked with purple. Produces heavily. Burpee Exclusive.
  28g Pack $2.49
4BUR03 Golden Wax Improved ( From Burpee Seed Co. )
Delicious yellow pods on compact bush-type plants.
Rich, yellow, stringless pods grow 4-5" long on bush-type plants. Large yields. SOW in average soil in full sun after danger of frost, spring to early summer.
In rows 18-30" apart, sow seeds about 3" apart and cover with 2" of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days. Sun.
  28g Pack $3.19
VUD009 Dixie Speckled Butterpea
76 days. Very productive. Beans are about the size of peas; red-speckled with a deep purple-rust color, and grow well in hot weather. A delicious baby lima. Bush plants.
  $2.15 per 1.5 ounce pack.
TST017 Green Butterbean Soybean
Acclaimed in taste tests as the finest of green soybeans. Sweet, buttery, and high yielding; Butterbeans are acclaimed as the finest in green vegetable soybeans. The 2-2 1/2' stocky plants are well-branched and stand well, producing a prolific set of large pods with tan pubescence. A good percentage of pods contain three large beans that are relatively easy to shell. 90 days.
  20g pack ( about 90 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST018 Tohya Soybean
Early with delicious, buttery flavor and tender-firm texture.
Plump, pale green pods average three seeds per pod. Eating quality is as good as Butterbeans. Compact plants average 2' and have a concentrated set which allows for hand or machine harvest. 78 days.
  20g pack ( about 55 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST019 Black Jet Soybean
Best flavor for use as a dry bean.
Easy to grow, even in short-season areas. The 2' plants are early maturing and are prolific yielders of medium-sized, jet-black soybeans. Thin skinned with rich flavor. 78 days.
  12g pack ( about 60 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST020 Concador
For the finest yellow filet bean.
Smooth, straight, 4 1/2-5" pods on medium-sized upright plants. Excellent uniformity. Similar, but with a slightly thicker pod, to Isar, which it replaces. Tiny white seeds. 51 days.
  3.5g pack ( about 50 seeds per pack ) $2.95
Tendergreen
Long, slender, stringless pods 6-7 inches long. Excellent fresh eating or frozen.

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Henderson Lima
Tops for processing! Henderson is a buttery baby lima with smooth texture and delicate flavor.

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VUD022 Blue Lake 274
White seeded version of climbing Blue lake. Seed pods 5-6" long. Delicious flavor, one of our favorite garden beans.
  $1.95 per 1.25 ounce pack ( enough to plant about 12-15 ft. of row )
VUD017 Bountiful
Pale green pods are 6-7 inches long and slightly flattened. Used fresh, or for freezing and canning. They have a long shelf life, and plants are hardy and cold resistant.
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TST012 E-Z Pick
Easiest for hand harvest.
Beans mature at the same time and are easy to separate from stems, making them exceptionally easy to hand harvest. E-Z Pick grows on sturdy, upright plants which saves time when picking. With 5 1/2 -6" long beans and dark green color, this is one of our best tasting bush beans, fresh or frozen. White seeds. 55 days.
  12g pack ( about 45 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST014 Velour Filet
First purple filet bean.
"Extra-fine" grade beans are short, 4-5" long, with straight, slender, bright purple pods. Turns green upon cooking. Medium-sized upright plants yield well. Small beige seeds. 51 days.
Filet beans are intended to be picked very slender, 1/8- 1/4" in diameter. A continuous yield of "extra fine" ( 1/4" diam.) grade is maintained by picking every 36-48 hours. Three days in hot weather or five days in cool weather is about the maximum delay between harvests to ensure an absence of oversized, tough beans. Otherwise grow just like ordinary bush beans. Not recommended for freezing or canning.
  12g pack ( about 75 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST006 Marvel of Piedmont
Marvel of Piedmont is a very productive and flavorful snap bean. The pale yellow pods are streaked with purple, turning solid yellow when cooked. The Pods are fairly flat, approx 4-6 inches long and slightly curved. An attractive and delightful addition to any market or kitchen table. 60 days.
  20g pack ( about 60 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST007 Borlotto Lingua Di Fuoco
Bush version of the Italian bean much in demand and prized for its 'Tongue of Fire' red pods up to 8 in/20 cm long. Don't let the name fool you--it refers to the coloring and obviously not to the wonderful creamy flavor. These beans are white with red specks and great in soups. Known to also be eaten like fresh green beans before they ripen, an abundant producer. Amazing flavor. 55 days.
  20g pack ( about 30 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST025 Jumbo
Giant, Italian-style green beans.
A cross between Romano and Kentucky Wonder, Jumbo has dark green, extra-long pods with rich, bean flavor. While the beans are normally picked at 6-7", they are still stringless at over 10". Seeds are light brown with dark brown stripes. NOTE: In very fertile soil, plants may grow short vines (runners), but need no support. 85 days.
  10g pack ( about 60 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST011 Sonate
This is a wonderful green/filet bean of Dutch origin and not common to the US. A heavy, early producer of long, rich green stringless pods with great flavor, Sonate is also disease resistant. The beans are set high on the plant, aiding harvest. A great choice for home or pro gardener, sourced from top breeders in the Netherlands. Treated seed. 63 days.
  10g pack ( about 65 seeds per pack ) $2.95
VUD014 Cherokee Wax
A heavy producer of 6 inch long, completely stringless golden yellow pods with delicious flavor. Bears in 48 days.
  $2.15 per 40g pack
VUD015 Pencil Pod Black Wax
The best round-podded wax bean. Pods are 6-7 inches long, round and straight as a pencil. Beans are shiny black. Plants are disease resistant and prolific producers.
  $2.15 per 1.25 ounce pack.

Pole Beans


Kentucky Wonder Homestead Pole Bean
Old heirloom variety. 65 days. Noted for exceptional flavor. Heavy crops of 9" green pods, borne in clusters. Pods are oval, thick, gently curved, meaty and tender. Stringless when young. Delicious fresh, frozen or dried for shell beans. Brown seeded. Proven tops for productivity, flavor and wide adaptability. Sun.Note: The price of this item has been slashed to Ninety Five cents per pack! To order this and fifty other vegetable seed selections for only 95 cents per pack, please visit our GoodCentsVegetables Seed List.
TPF207 Yard Long Asparagus Beans
A favorite in Europe, this plant grows to 10 ft. tall on poles and produces an enormous yield of slender, tasty pods 2-3 ft. long.
  11g pack ( about 75 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST002 Bacello Asparagus Beans
A top-notch, red-seeded strain of the famous 'yard-long' beans. Vigorous and easy to grow, these plants will produce an abundance of exceptionally long pods over an extended season as they are very heat tolerant. When picked young will provide wonderfully fleshy, tasty pods with minimal seeds. Widely grown in Asia and the Mediterranean and a favorite of home gardeners and farmers markets alike! Treated Seed.
  11g pack ( about 75 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST026 Northeaster
This early maturing, Roma-type pole bean has a deliciously rich, sweet flavor. The 8" long, 1" wide, flat green pods are stringless and stay tender for long periods. Extra vigorous in the seedling stage with strong vine growth. white seeds. 56 days.
  22g pack ( about 45 seeds per pack ) $3.95
VUD011 Large Speckled Pole Butterbean
Bears large quantities of large size, delicious speckled limas with delightful flavor, nothing else tastes quite like speckled butterbeans. Very popular in the South as it sets well even in hot weather, also makes an excellent dried bean for winter use.
  $1.95 per 20g pack ( enough to plant about 20 ft. of row )
VUD033 Christmas Pole Butterbean
Heirloom. 90 days. Very large ( the largest lima we know of ) with beautiful, dark red splashes, rich flavor; heavy yields even in very hot weather, prolific long vines. Has a buttery flavor and creamy texture. The lima's crisp nutty flavor- sometimes described as similar to chestnuts. The cooked texture is similar to that of a baked potato. Broad, flat pods with 3 large, flat limas each that are creamy green with red markings. When cooked at either green or dry, they turn a pink brown color.
  $1.95 per 30g pack ( 20 ft. of row )
TST004 Stortino Di Trento Italian Pole Beans
A climbing bean. One of the rarest of the Italian beans, and most unusual of the Anellino type "Shrimp Beans", with speckled pods, and rich flavor. Largest of the Anellino beans at 14 cm in length, highly productive. Bi-colored seeds. A perennial best-seller. 75 days.
  22g pack ( about 50 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST024 Red Noodle
High-yielding burgundy beans.
16-20" long beans are borne in clusters of up to four beans each. Healthy, vigorous plants. Sweet flavor compares to Gita. Burgundy color will fade when cooked. Red seeds. 85 days.
  10g pack ( about 60 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST009 Marvel of Venice
The finest yellow climbing Romano bean, famous for its large, tender, 8-9" long, 3/4" wide, flat pods borne on vigorous vines. This is a vigorous and flavorful black-seeded variety. This takes a bit longer to harvest, but many recommended this over the white seeded strain for quality of bean and flavor. 78 days.
  25g pack ( about 60 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST010 Anellino Giallo
A climbing bean. This is a wonderful yellow version of the famous 'shrimp' beans of southern Europe, known for their tenderness and terrific bean flavor. Near-black colored seeds. 75 days.
  22g pack ( about 50 seeds per pack ) $2.95

Shell Beans


Grow shelling or dried beans as you grow bush beans, except harvest differently. Pick them at the green shell stage, or let them mature for dried beans. For a continuous supply, plant once a week for the first month of the season.
TST021 Flagrano
Easy to shell. Flagrano's pods contain 8-10 mint green seeds and are very easy to shell by hand. These French flageolet beans are firm, flavorful, and delicious fresh or frozen. Also good used as a dry bean. 76 days.
  12g pack ( about 55 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST022 Kenearly Yellow Eye
Best variety for baked beans.
Kenearly is very similar to Maine Yellow Eye, but matures more uniformly for easier harvest and has a slightly larger eye. The eating quality is every bit as good. Excellent for baked bean suppers and hearty winter soups, where the beans cook down into a rich, creamy broth. 90 days.
  24g pack ( about 55 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST023 Light Red Kidney
The best for three-bean salads.
An early, light red kidney bean with good flavor. Excellent for chili, bean salads, and soups. 95 days.
  22g pack ( about 35 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST015 Tongue of Fire
Wonderful shell bean with striking red-streaked pods.
The fresh shell beans are large and round. The 6-7" stringless pods can be eaten and marketed young as snap beans. These Italian beans retain their flavor whether fresh, frozen, or canned. Original stock seeds collected at the southern tip of South America, in Tierra del Fuego.
  18g pack ( about 35 seeds per pack ) $2.95

Z2826 Soldier Bean ( Dry Bush Bean )

Superior eating quality for stews and baked beans. This medium-sized, white kidney bean gets its name from the red-brown figure of a soldier on its eye. A good stew and baked bean. This traditional heirloom strain has superior eating quality, among the very best of all dry beans!
  20g Pack ( 40-45 seeds ) $2.50
VUD008 Dark Red Kidney Beans
An old heirloom baking bean, probably the largest and the best. Produces large, flat seed pods filled with huge, red kidney shaped beans. Perfect for red beans and rice dishes and mexican cooking.
  $2.15 per 1.2 ounce pack.
1A359 Black Turtle Beans
Black seeded, spicy flavor, for refrying or soups and stews in Mexican and Latin dishes, 85 days.
  $2.95 per 10g pack ( enough for about 25-30 feet of row ).
VUD010 Small White Navy Beans
The old fashioned navy bean enjoyed for generations. Bushes are loaded with small navy beans.
  $1.95 per 1.5 ounce pack ( enough to plant about 80 ft. of row )
VUD020 Pinto
An old heirloom field bean with 4-5 inch pods. A small pinto type with delicious flavor, much used for soups. Popular as a refried bean in Mexican cooking, in chili and tacos.
  $1.95 per 1.25 ounce pack ( enough to plant about 15-20 ft. of row )
VUD012 Marrow Fat
An heirloom variety known for it's excellent shelling quality. Delicious flavor for soups and baking.
  $1.95 per 45g pack ( Pack of seeds is enough to plant about 25 ft. of row )
TST005 Lingot Cannellini
Lingot is considered a to be a premium strain of cannellini bean. This bean is very well-known in Europe for its hardiness and for its high production of long, cylindrical green pods; when ripe containing characteristic elongated white seeds. Highly sought after by chefs and gourmets for soups, stews, and more. Excellent for consumption fresh or dried. 65 days.
  20g pack ( about 60 seeds per pack ) $2.95
TST008 Coco Bianco
Famous heirloom from Italy, these round fat beans are wonderful in soups, stews, and for baking. A premium cooking white bean. Although they may be used fresh (while still quite small), we recommend you shell them to truly discover the best qualities of this wonderful bean. 62 days.
  22g pack ( about 40 seeds per pack ) $2.95
1A123 Garbanzo Bean
65 days. These are the big hazelnut looking tan colored beans you find on good salad bars. This large round bean holds its shape well after cooking. Plants are erect and bush-type, but look different than other beans. Use them as a green-shell bean or allow them to dry for storage. Tolerates dry growing conditions. Also called chick peas. Nutty flavor adds nice touch to salads.
  $2.95 per pack
25g pack, plants about 25 feet of row.