Pencil Pod Bush Bean Seeds

Heirloom

#0116
This packet sows up to 20 feet.
Availability: In Stock
Pencil Pod is an heirloom variety popular with gardeners since it was introduced in 1900. The "slim as a pencil", curved yellow pods are 6" long, stringless and tender. Unlike green beans, these black-seeded yellow wax snap beans are easy to see among the foliage. Grow in the ground or in containers. Disease resistant.
$1.99 $1.39 25 grams

Botanical Name: Phaseolus vulgaris

Days to Maturity: 60 days

Family: Fabaceae

Native: Mexico and South America

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 15"–20" tall, wide

Variety Information: Slender, 5"–6" long pods, held above ground on upper part of plant. Seeds are black. Disease resistant to bean common mosaic virus and rust.

Type: Snap bean

Attributes: Disease Resistant, Good for Containers

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 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
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