Blue Lake FM-1K Pole Bean Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

4.125 out of 5 stars
(8 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.
  • $3.99
  • Organic Heirloom #3020 - 15 grams (~48 seeds)
    This packet sows up to 24 feet or two 4-foot diameter teepees.
  • $2.69
  • Out of Stock

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

8 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

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