Contender Bush Bean Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

This packet sows up to 16 feet.
4.8571428571429 out of 5 stars
(7 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Why is this bean called 'Contender'? Because it vies for the number one spot among beans! And rightly it should; a stringless favorite since 1949, it produces after only 50 days from sowing, and tolerates heat and powdery mildew where other varieties suffer. Disease resistant.
$3.49 20 grams (~48 seeds)

Botanical Name: Phaseolus vulgaris

Days to Maturity: 50 days

Family: Fabaceae

Native: Mexico and South America

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 12"–20" tall, wide

Variety Information: 6"–8" long, round-oval, slightly curved pods. Also resistant to common bean mosaic virus.

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.

Bean: Sow and Grow Guide
Edibles for Partial Shade
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Contender Bush Bean Seeds Reviews

7 reviews

Great producer

5 out of 5 stars Sep 21, 2019
This plant has become my garden favorite this year. Grew into strong, hardy plants that the usual pests did not bother. I have been picking beans all season and they continue to produce despite my increasing lack of care and maintenance in the garden. It's mid-September and while the number of beans isn't what it was early in the season; I got enough for tonight's dinner and there are still immature beans and flowers visible.
Karen Kettler from OH

Grew well - lots of beans

5 out of 5 stars Oct 4, 2020
These green beans grew better than the green beans in the Trio Bush Bean mix. All beans seemed to start slow, but once they started producing there were plenty of beans
Barbara Roeder from CO

More than a Contender... It's a Winner!!

5 out of 5 stars Nov 22, 2020
This is my favorite reliable bush been. I rarely even get these into my kitchen. I usually pluck them off the bush and eat them raw. Sweet and crunchy. We have multiple growing seasons so our seasons can be somewhat short. I love how rapidly these beans are producing. I have planted them in the Spring and Fall.
Brittany Hood from AZ

Good Crop Small Container

4 out of 5 stars Dec 29, 2020
We planted these seeds September 1st and got two crops before Thanksgiving
James Dwyer from TX


5 out of 5 stars Jul 11, 2021
high yield, excellent flavor
Julianne from CO

Continues to bloom and produce

5 out of 5 stars Nov 16, 2021
Contender is an excellent quality bean that continues to produce for weeks after the initial crop is picked.
Denise from WV

Contender Bush Beans

5 out of 5 stars Mar 10, 2022
Very high quality seed. Had a beautiful crop of green beans last summer. Produced very well. Highly recommend this company.
Martha from MO

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