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803 – Contender Beans

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Certified Biodynamic and Organic

Our earliest green bean, coming in at a standard 6-8 in. Mild and tender making it good for fresh salads. Good heat, drought and disease resistance. Excellent yields of quality beans.

≈62 seeds/oz.

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Product Description

Scientific Name: Phaseolus vulgaris

Family: Pea

Type: Hardy Annual

Native Range: Lower 48 States, Pacific Basin, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

Hardiness Zones: 5 and 13; beans are not hardy and will die with light frost, however, Contender beans are resistant to the Common Bean Mosaic Virus and Powdery Mildew;

Soil Requirements: Warm and well-drained; slightly acidic pH [6.5 – 6.8];

Light Preference: Full sun

Water: Moderate

Days until Germination: 7-10 days

Sowing: Soak beans 1-6 hours before planting. Sow 2″- 3″ deep once soil is warm and last frost is past—roughly two weeks.  Plant seeds every 2-3 weeks for a continual harvest throughout the season. If you plan to dry your beans, plant 2″ deep, and remove pods once they are dry and the plant’s leaves are wilted.

Plant Spacing: 3″- 5″ with 18″- 36″ between rows

Plant Height: 1′- 2′

Harvest: 42-50 days; can pick when young, or wait for them to reach full-size; pod should be brightly colored and fleshy; to avoid breaking plant’s stem, use two hands when picking off snap beans;

Grows Well With: Carrots, cauliflower, beets, cucumbers, cabbage, leeks, celeriac, marigolds, strawberries, corn, summer savory

Grows Poorly With: Garlic, shallots, chives, gladiolus, fennel

Potential Problems: Cutworms; slugs; snails; Japanese beetles; rot; lack of support for stalk;

Uses & Cooking Suggestions: Contender beans are more tender and milder in flavor than other green beans, making them a good choice for inclusion in a salad or a stir-fry.

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Size

S ~65 seeds, L ~260 seeds

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