Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean Seeds


This packet sows up to 20 feet or two 4-foot diameter teepees.
4.4 out of 5 stars
(5 reviews)
Availability: Out of Stock
You can't lose with this 1800s heirloom. 'Kentucky Wonder' (brown seeded) has wonderful, if not unsurpassed flavor. It out-produces most other pole beans with heavy crops of 9" long, gently curved, oval pods. A multi-use bean: drying, shelling and green. Stringless when young. Excellent for freezing. Good production even in hot climates. Disease resistant.
$2.69 25 grams (~40 seeds)

Botanical Name: Phaseolus vulgaris

Days to Maturity: 63 days

Family: Fabaceae

Native: Mexico and South America

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 5'–7' long vines

Variety Information: 7"–9" long, ½" wide silvery-green pods; stringless when young, brown seeds. Pre-Civil War variety known then under different names, released as 'Kentucky Wonder' in 1877 by J. H. Gregory & Sons seed company. Resistant to bean common mosaic virus.

Type: Snap bean

Attributes: Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant

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; bean seedlings are sensitive to root disturbance.

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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Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean Seeds Reviews

5 reviews

Prolific vines

5 out of 5 stars Oct 14, 2018
I can't complain about these beans. I had spotty germination of every other variety I grew but these all came up and completely overgrew my trellis. Will be growing next year with a stronger support!
Sarah McCormick from OH

Ky pole beans

3 out of 5 stars Jul 4, 2020
My pole beans are growing well up their poles, but no flowers yet.


5 out of 5 stars Jan 22, 2021
For me anyway 25g of seed was 69 seeds. The 5 stars are 100% due to people disregarding great seeds for 1 star down. I have not as of yet grown them just wanted to mke people who were curious aware.
Thomas Schimmeyer from OH

Great bean plant

4 out of 5 stars Jul 3, 2021
Planted three of these seeds and one germinated. It has been growing so well and it looks absolutely beautiful on my cedar posts in my garden. Can't wait for the beans to be ready.
Genevieve from NC

Relentless producers

5 out of 5 stars Jan 20, 2022
Got the bean arch idea from Joe Pera. Planted a bunch indoors and was impressed by how effective the seeds were. Transplanting went really well with only a few not making it and ended up having a haul of beans in the 2021 season. These were fairly easy to grow and all it took was to give them a nice place to climb. Imagine that, all I had to do was reach up to pick a bean.
Jesse from WI

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