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Blue Lake 274 Bush Bean Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

3.6111111111111 out of 5 stars
(18 reviews)
The snap bean (or green bean) is eaten pod and all and is one vegetable that tastes significantly better when grown at home rather than bought at the grocery store. 'Blue Lake 274' produces a very large crop of round, 6" pods all at once on 16"–18" tall, bushy plants that are disease resistant; beans are stringless when picked young. Excellent flavor, one of the best for freezing. A good container variety.

Botanical Name: Phaseolus vulgaris

Days to Maturity: 58 days

Family: Fabaceae

Native: Mexico and South America

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 16"–18" tall, wide

Variety Information: 6" long, plump, green, smooth, tender pods, white beans. 'Blue Lake 274' is resistant to bean common mosaic virus and NY-15 mosaic. It was developed in 1961 from the 'Blue Lake' pole bean.

Type: Snap bean

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.

Days to Emerge: 6–12 days

Seed Depth: 1"

Seed Spacing: 1 seed every 4"

Row Spacing: 24"

Thinning: Not required

Harvesting: Snap beans are ready to pick when the pod "snaps" or breaks in half cleanly. This is when the seeds have just begun to form and the pods are several inches long (depending on the variety). Hold the stem with one hand, and the pod with the other hand to avoid pulling off branches, which will continue to produce. At season's end, plants are great compost material if they are disease-free.

Because bush beans were developed from pole beans (for condensed and easier harvests), sometimes they can revert to some of the traits of their predecessors by stretching and getting a little lanky before settling into more of a compact bush habit. Thus, why your bush bean appears to be a pole bean.

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Blue Lake 274 Bush Bean Seeds Reviews

18 reviews

Good quality seeds

4 out of 5 stars Aug 17, 2019
All seeds grew, but first crop not as prolific as other brands I've grown. Second crop off of same plants is a little better.
Diana DeAngelis from DE

Super wonderful

5 out of 5 stars Apr 29, 2020
These blue lake beans are almost better than I can say. First grown last summer and produced prolifically for months after just one time planting. They are delicious and you can pick when just right for maximum flavor and tenderness.
Annie Duffy from CA

Blue Lake 274 Bush Bean Seeds

5 out of 5 stars May 31, 2020
good germination
Jerry from CO

Blue Lake Bush Beeans.

5 out of 5 stars Jul 12, 2020
Old favorite and never disappoints. Lots of baby beans on view today, (July 12).
Linda Thomson-Clem from MA

Bush and Pole

3 out of 5 stars Sep 18, 2020
Seed packets must have contained 2 different seed varieties; bush and pole. The pole beans were flat and had strings. Bought multiple packets and gave one to my sister. We both had two variety of beans growing in our gardens.
Michael from SD
Owner Response: Hi Michael, Thank you for making us aware of this issue. Our seeds are guaranteed and a customer service agent will be contacting you to help.

Blue Beans

5 out of 5 stars Sep 28, 2020
These beans are so hardy! No need to construct a trestle, they're bushels which makes them easy and practical. The final product is sweet and creamy- perfect for canning.
Brock from WA


1 out of 5 stars Sep 28, 2020
I purchased these beans 2 years in a row and sad to say they never came up. I have been getting seed from you for several years but not sure if that will continue
laura dye from MI
Owner Response: Hi Laura, We are sorry you had issues germinating these beans. Quality is very important to us which is why we test our seeds so frequently. We make sure each lot's germination exceeds federal and our own standards before packing. We are always happy to help troubleshoot germination issues. A customer service agent will be with you soon.

Plants had a decent start but then leaves got brown & no beans..

1 out of 5 stars Oct 2, 2020
Leaves started to look off and got brown and crinkled. No beans were produced.
Linda Lowry from CO
Owner Response: Hi Linda, We are always here to help troubleshoot growing issues. Since seeds did germinate we can be sure this was an environmental issue. I know personally, I struggled to get beans to establish this year due to our unusually high temperatures on the Front Range. Please don't hesitate to contact us for growing help.

Blue Lake Bush Beans

3 out of 5 stars Oct 5, 2020
Overall, I was very happy with the seeds I ordered from you, but the bush beans turned out to be pretty crazy. It seems half the plants wanted to be pole beans, but I had ordered bush beans! Luckily, I was able to grow enough beans to satisfy our love for fresh beans and make one batch of dilly beans. But I have to think there was a mix up when packaging? Thank you for the gift of the flower seeds, "We'll Bloom Again". Turned out they were marigolds of all size and shape. I don't usually like marigolds but I thoroughly enjoyed growing these! Thanks!
Joyce Hough Neighbor from CA
Owner Response: Hi Joyce, Thanks for sharing your experience. Beans, especially heirloom beans are prone to revert to their ancestral growth habit which is to vine. That's right, bush beans were all originally pole beans bred to be short which allowed for mechanical harvesting and cultivation rather than caring for them by hand. It seems some environmental conditions can bring these recessive genes on but the phenomenon isn't completely understood.


5 out of 5 stars Nov 1, 2021
Best ever green beans, full of flavor and high yield.
Penelope from NM

Bush green beans

5 out of 5 stars Nov 17, 2021
We loved the beans. The plants were very prolific producers. We couldn't get enough of the beans.
Julie from MD

Delicious but paltry crop

3 out of 5 stars Feb 5, 2022
These beans grew decently in pots...there wasn't a great yield, about 3 handfuls of beans off 4 pots of plants, and they eventually got what looked like a mosaic virus, but that may have had to do with some untimely downpours causing waterlogging of the container soil. The beans we did get to harvest were absolutely delicious, just wish there had been a bigger crop!
E from MD
Owner Response: Hi Anne, Thank you for sharing your experience. It sounds like the seeds performed well. We are always happy to help troubleshoot environmental factors that impact yield so you can enjoy the full bounty of your crop.

Not a bush bean

3 out of 5 stars May 29, 2022
Have not harvested yet, but the beans are not bush beans. They are pole beans (all in the pack) and unfortunately the way I planted (thinking they were bush beans as stated) has made it difficult to provide the structure to support a pole beam instead. Dang it. I will say they have all grown very well and look beautiful. Can't wait to see whether they produce well and how they taste.
Donna Gray from NC

Where oh Where are my lovely Blue Lakes?????

1 out of 5 stars Jun 2, 2022
first year in 23 years, I've had no germination with these beans! I soaked, innoculated and planted and covered with wire (to thwart the crows) and nothing! Truly amazing...first year ever with zero germination.!
susan from NC
Owner Response: Hi Susan, I'm so sorry that you had a trouble with your seeds this year! Rest assured, we test our seeds using a third-party laboratory to ensure germination rates exceed federal and our own standards. We had to reseed our beans this year due to environmental and weather conditions. Beans need soil temperatures over 65 degrees and under 90 degrees for germination will occur. Additionally, we don't recommend soaking bean seeds as they don't have the hard outer shells that require pretreatment.

These are not bush beans.

1 out of 5 stars Jul 4, 2022
I wanted to try an organic Blue Lake bush bean, so I bought your seeds. Planted May 1st and plants looked good up until they all turned into Pole Beans! I have planted bush beans in containers for years and never had this happen. They are over 24" and fortunately I had some plant stakes to wrap them around. I see others had the same thing happen. Not buying these again.
Laura from WA
Owner Response: Dear Laura, Thank you for sharing your experience. Beans, especially heirloom beans are prone to revert to their ancestral growth habit which is to vine. That's right, bush beans were all originally pole beans bred to be short which allowed for mechanical harvesting and cultivation rather than caring for them by hand. It seems some environmental conditions can bring these recessive genes on but the phenomenon isn't completely understood.

LOVE these beans

5 out of 5 stars Jul 14, 2022
These grew very well for me and were so pretty too! Love the color and the taste!
Adrienne from MI

great performer

5 out of 5 stars Sep 18, 2022
First year sowing these! Planted a second batch about 14 days ago, flowers are popping and ready to get another taste before our November freeze. Will plant again next year! Ty for the tip on how to remove beans from stem, very helpful, first time grower of beans.
Nancy from IN

Excellent Germination, Good Producers

5 out of 5 stars Sep 23, 2022
The germination rate on these was astounding. I grew them in biodegradable cells inside and every single bean I planted sprouted. They have grown like gangbusters and are producing well despite adverse weather conditions this year. I will definitely grow these again since they are so easy to grow.
Hayley from TX

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