BEAN, Blue Lake (Bush)

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Geography/History:
Blue Lake beans received their given name as they were originally cultivated in the early part of the 20th century in the Blue Lake District near Ukiah, California. They were brought to Oregon in 1923 where they were extensively researched, resulting in the development of the new string-less bean varieties. The first commercial string-less Blue Lake bean variety was developed by As grow Company in 1962. There are dozens of hybrids and sub-varieties that represent the original Blue Lake bean with better yields, disease resistance and adaptability to multiple climates. One Blue Lake bush bean plant can provide multiple harvests over an entire growing season.

Nutritional Value:
An excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, and potassium.

Growth Habit: Bush

Days to Maturity: 58  days

Sun: Full Sun

Height: 15-20  inches

Spread: 10  inches

Thinning: 6 inches

Sowing Method: Direct Sow

Fruit Size: 6  inches
Planting/Growing Tips:
Green beans are generally direct seeded in the garden. The most important point about growing green beans is not to plant them too early. They will rot in cool, damp soil. To get an earlier start with your green bean seed packets, you can put down black plastic to warm the soil.

When bush beans begin producing, they often come in all at once. Staggered planting every 2 weeks will keep your heirloom bush beans going longer. Beans like a moderately rich, loose, moist soil with a slightly acidic pH of about 6.0 to 6.2.

Plant after all danger of frost is past.

Plant bush beans in either rows or blocks, with 4-6 inches between each seed. Plant the seeds 1-2 inches deep and be sure to water the soil immediately and regularly, until it sprouts.

 

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