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Here is the Contender Bush Bean, Phaseolus vulgaris. This bush bean variety originates from the USA and was first introduced in the 1940s still being a very popular variety. They tolerate the cold extremely well and will seed on second year if left out. Plants can get to 2 feet tall and get quite bushy. The beans get to 5 or 6 inches long and the outer seed coat can be eaten raw or cooked with young beans or can be dried and stored for many months. We would always recommend you cook your beans before you eat them. Great variety for your fall planting! Open pollinated 40 to 85 days.

Contender Bush Bean

SKU: 9713-10
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    10 Bean  Seeds


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    Culture: Legumes have moderate fertility needs. Go easy on the nitrogen. Excessive nitrogen may induce some varieties to develop vines in moist hot weather. Tender, will not survive frost. Plant 3–4 seeds/ft. in rows 24–30" apart. Pick frequently for maximum yields, but avoid disturbing foliage in wet weather to prevent spread of fungal diseases. White-seeded beans usually don’t germinate as well as dark-seeded. Minimum germination soil temperature 60°. Optimal range 60–80°. Optimal temperature 77°. Emergence takes 16 days at 59°; only 8 days at 77°. Produce 97% normal seedlings at 77°, but only 47% at 86°.
        ANTH: Anthracnose
        BBS: Bacterial Brown Spot
        CBMV: Common Bean Mosaic Virus
        CTV: Curly Top Virus
        DM: Downy Mildew
        HB: Halo Blight
        NY 15: NY 15 Mosaic Virus
        PM: Powdery Mildew
        PMV: Pod Mottle Virus
        R: Rust
        SC: Sclerotina
    Wider spacing reduces likelihood of SC (white mold). Don’t disturb wet foliage.

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