Botanical Name: Phaseolus lunatus
Days to Maturity: 65 days
Native: Mexico and South America
Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
Plant Dimensions: 16" tall and 12" wide
Variety Information: 3" long pods contain 3–4 small, white, flat seeds each. Beans have a smooth texture with a buttery, delicate flavor. 'Henderson Bush' is an upright, bush type and does not need to be staked.
Type: Shelling bean
Attributes: Good for Containers
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 65°F, ideally 70°–85°F. Successive Sowings: Every 7 to 14 days up to 80 days before your average first fall frost date. NOTE: In very hot summer areas, skip sowing as high heat approaches; temperatures consistently above 90°F will prevent beans from forming.
When to Start Inside: Not recommended; bean seedlings are sensitive to root disturbance.
Days to Emerge: 6–12 days
Seed Depth: 1"
Seed Spacing: 1 seed every 4"
Row Spacing: 24"
Thinning: Not required
Harvesting: For fresh use, pick the pods when they are bulging but before they begin to turn yellow and dry out. Shell the beans and use immediately or store in the refrigerator for a few days or freeze. For dried beans, leave on the vine until the pod and beans are dry and hard.