Growing Slenderette Bush Bean Vegetable Seeds
- Taxonomy: Phaseolus vulgaris
- Days to Maturity: 55-70 days
- Days to Germination: 5-8
- Hardiness Zone: Annual 3-10
- Planting Depth: 1"
- Plant Spacing: 18"
- Plant Height: 18-24"
- Row Spacing: 24"
- Growth Habit: Bushy upright
- Soil Preference: Organically fertilized, moist, well-drained
- Temp Preference: Warmer, 65-85 °F
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Diseases/Pests: Water soil directly to avoid leaf saturation, causing rot and mildew. Watch for thrips, aphids, leaf beetles.
- Color: Classic green shell and beans
Seeds Per Package:
- 1 oz - Approximately 88 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 350 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 1,400 Seeds
- 5 lb - Approximately 7,000 Seeds
- 25 lb - Approximately 35,000 Seeds
How Grow Slenderette Bush Bean from Seed
Bush bean can be started indoors, but performs best if sown directly after the final spring frost. Sow 2-3 seeds 1” deep and 2-3” apart in moist, organically rich, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0-6.8. Whether direct sowing or transplanting, thin out strongest starts to every 18-24” in the garden as true leaves establish. Beans need light and consistent watering but, when doing so, water as close to the root as possible to avoid saturating greens known to cause root rot and mildew. Plants thrive from a top layer of mulch to help cool soil and roots. Avoid nitrogen-rich fertilizers which will cause excessive vegetative growth with minimal bean pod production.
How to Harvest Slenderette Bush Bean
Most varieties of bush bean are ready to harvest at about 50-60 days from sowing or once the pods are 3-5” long. Harvest often to encourage fruiting and to ensure pods do not dehydrate on the vine. Although some pods may pull cleanly from the vine, use a knife or shears for more fibrous pods to avoid accidental damage to the plant. Like many crops in the garden, it is widely believed that beans are best harvested in the morning for optimal sugar content.
About Slenderette Bush Beans Seeds
- Slender, gourmet quality, smooth, stringless pods are glossy and dark green. Crunchy, yet tender and highly desired by chefs for French cuisine.
- Very high yielding, 5" juicy pods are held strong on erect 20-inch plants.
- Resistance to common bean mosaic, pod mottle and curly top virus.
- Slenderette is Recommended by the following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region: OR, VA.
Bush bean, also known as snap bean, is one of the most popular annual vegetables grown in home gardens. Germinating in just under a week, bush bean is harvestable as soon as 50-60 days and is an ideal introductory crop for children and beginners. Unlike the prolific and vining pole bean, bush bean matures at about 18-24” tall without need for trellis support. Persistent bush bean features fruiting pods of every color including red, purple, black, white, and yellow.