Blue Lake 274 Bush Bean Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

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.
  • Conventional Heirloom #0004 - 25 grams
    This packet sows up to 20 feet.
  • $1.99
  • Out of Stock
  • Organic Heirloom #3134 - 20 grams
    This packet sows up to 16 feet.
  • $2.69
  • Out of Stock

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

9 reviews
Good quality seeds
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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

Super wonderful
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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

Blue Lake 274 Bush Bean Seeds
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good germination
Jerry

Blue Lake Bush Beeans.
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Old favorite and never disappoints. Lots of baby beans on view today, (July 12).
Linda Thomson-Clem

Bush and Pole
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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
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
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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

Sad
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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
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..
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Leaves started to look off and got brown and crinkled. No beans were produced.
Linda Lowry
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
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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
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.

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