Blue Lake FM-1K Pole Bean Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

3.8125 out of 5 stars
(16 reviews)
Some say pole beans have better flavor than bush beans. 'Blue Lake FM-1K' certainly would support that statement. Besides outstanding flavor, plants are high-yielding. Vigorous, 5'–8' vines produce a bounty of 5"–7", white-seeded beans that are excellent fresh, and also canned or frozen. Disease resistant.
  • Conventional Heirloom #7322 - 60 grams (~190 seeds)
    This packet sows up to 96 feet or two 4-foot diameter teepees.
  • $5.59
  • Out of Stock
  • Organic Heirloom #3020 - 15 grams (~48 seeds)
    This packet sows up to 24 feet or two 4-foot diameter teepees.
  • $2.69

Botanical Name: Phaseolus vulgaris

Days to Maturity: 66 days

Family: Fabaceae

Native: Mexico and South America

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 5'–8' long vines

Variety Information: 5"–7" long, ½" wide silvery-green pods; stringless when young, white seeds. 'Blue Lake FM-1K' is common bean mosaic virus resistant.

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 6"

Row Spacing: 36"

Thinning: Not required

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

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Blue Lake FM-1K Pole Bean Seeds Reviews

16 reviews

Low germination rate

2 out of 5 stars Jun 13, 2019
I purchased the organic variety and only about 50% of the seeds germinated.
Gayle from TX

Love your seed company

5 out of 5 stars Sep 5, 2019
Thank you Botanical interests! We sold your seeds in our garden center( Islandscape) On Lopez Is., Wa for years, we have since retired, but continue to purchase your Terrific seeds in our home garden, simply the best! Thank again, Patty
Patty Stewart from HI


5 out of 5 stars Sep 27, 2019
Loved the beans and they provide many delicious beans. Will order again
Mark & Susan Hastings from MI

Huge Plants

5 out of 5 stars Aug 5, 2020
I have planted Blue Lake White Seeded before with not a lot of success. This variety is very different. The plants are huge and the harvest has been great. The leaves are as big as a dinner plate and the plant are 8' tall and very top heavy. If they grow in your area, and I'm sure micro-climates are part of the equation, make sure you use a large well anchored pole. I have had to go back and reinforce the poles that I have used for years with other varieties as they were in danger of toppling. I start my seedlings in six-packs and the germination was fine. All survived transplanting.
Samantha from CA

Blue Lake pole beans

3 out of 5 stars Sep 27, 2020
I tried ordering these beans but was sent a replacement of bush beans. I had planned a garden box for the Bush beans so was a little disappointed in the replacement.
Katrina from CA
Owner Response: Hi Katrina, We have since adjusted our policy to refund when substitutions are not comparable (i.e. organic vs conventional). We are sorry you were not satisfied with this substitution. A customer service agent will be contacting you to help.

Beans all summer

5 out of 5 stars Nov 9, 2020
Strong plants that were very prolific. Tasty raw or cooked. Lasted from late spring through fall. Tender and juicy until the end of fall when they started to get a little fibrous. Time to come out and make room for the broccoli :-) Will definitely plant these again next spring.
Mike L. from CA

Blue Lake FM-1K Pole Bean

3 out of 5 stars Jan 6, 2021
Only 57% germination rate direct sowing them well into the growing season. They grew fast and produced well into the cooler weather. I will say that when steamed or blanched they tasted like canned green beans, but when roasted their flavor was wonderful!
Julia Sovcik from IL
Owner Response: Hi Julia, We are sorry you experienced poor germination with these seeds. Warm soil is very important to prevent bean seeds from rotting in spring. We do guarantee and frequently test our seeds to ensure they exceed federal and our own standards. A customer service agent will contact you soon to help.

Huge fan

5 out of 5 stars Feb 27, 2021
I always grew up with bush beans, but I'm a huge fan of these pole beans. They seem to be prolific in nearly any weather except the worst drought. They have good flavor and freeze well, like the blue lake bush beans. They are very vigorous growers; last year I had an escapee that grew over the fence to the neighbors. However, I garden in Kansas and these don't usually set beans until September when the temperatures start to drop...so every year I give up on them in August when everyone else's beans are done, but then they really jam out in September and October up until the first freeze.
Erica Stoltzfus from KS


1 out of 5 stars Sep 27, 2021
These beans were a disappointment. I planted in 3 different spots in my garden. The bunnies ate several of the early but I replanted these along with standard green pole poles. I harvested exactly 1 purple bean and 1 yellow and harvested oodles of standard green pole beans. I'll plant what I have left next spring but will have zero expectations and never plan to buy again.
Michael from IL
Owner Response: Hi Michael, It seems you had a few issues growing this year (based on reviews). I wanted to let you know we are here for you and happy to help. Reasons beans may not produce are heat, excess nitrogen, and time. Since the seeds germinated and are programmed to flower and set fruit we would want to look into environmental factors that may have been at play. Please don't hesitate to contact us to troubleshoot growing issues in the future.


5 out of 5 stars Nov 14, 2021
I planted 12 beans under a climbing tower and they grew to well over 8 feet tall! Lots and lots of beans for a good two months until the freeze here. Couldn't be happier with these! And the beans were delicious.
Jamie from VT

Very productive

5 out of 5 stars Nov 19, 2021
These took off for me this year! Very productive and great for canning. A must grow.
Heather from MD


5 out of 5 stars Jan 2, 2022
We had a mild fall and so these had time to be so productive for us. Great taste.
Danielle from MT

Blue Lake FM-1K Pole Bean Seeds

5 out of 5 stars Jan 15, 2022
These bean seeds were amazing. Planted around in an area where I put up 3 poles so they could grow. Didn't baby them but watered as needed. They kept giving us beans almost 8 weeks. Nice, beautiful long beans. They grow great in full sun and with support like poles or small trellis.
Cheryl from CO

The best!

5 out of 5 stars Feb 25, 2022
I cannot wait to plant these again for the new growing season. I planted them last fall and they were so prolific. Tender and no strings, my children loved them.
Gina from OK

Blue Lake FM-1K Pole Bean Seeds

1 out of 5 stars May 2, 2022
I was VERY unhappy with these beans last year. I got a nice crop of vines but no beans! I contacted someone at Botanical Interests and got no idea why this happened and agreed best I give them more time but at the end of the year, the vines were still all over the place but still no beans. I was required to click a star rating but they don't deserve even one star because I did not get one bean!
Sandra from AR
Owner Response: Hi Sandra, We are sorry you had difficulty with these beans however, this is an issue in the growing environment, not a seed issue. Beautiful vines and poor bean production is an issue when too much nitrogen is available to the plants. Nitrogen fosters green growth and in the case of beans, which produce their own nitrogen, the result is lush, green growth taking president over flowering. The seeds came from a plant that produced flowers, beans, and seeds. We are always happy to help troubleshoot growing issues. You might find the Bean: Sow and Grow article in the learn more tab of this product page helpful. Happy gardening!

Seeds are not as pictured

1 out of 5 stars Jul 12, 2022
I am very disappointed in this seed pack. I planted a 8ft trellis and about 2/3 of the row are a flat Italian type green beans. We don't particularly care for this type of bean. This has messed me up for this year. I had to replant with a different seed. Unfortunately, I bought 2 packs of these seeds but at different times. Hopefully the other pack will be what it is supposed to be but honestly, I am hesitant to plant them. They are growing good but not what I wanted.
Deb from PA
Owner Response: Hi Deb, Thank you for making us aware of this. This is not the quality that we guarantee our customers, and we will gladly compensate you. A customer care agent will be in contact with you soon. Thank you for choosing Botanical Interests.

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