The snap bean (or green bean) is
eaten pod and all and is one of those
vegetables that tastes significantly
better when grown at home rather
than bought at the grocery store. Blue
Lake 274 produces a very large crop
of round, 6" pods all at once on
16"–18" tall, bushy plants; beans are
stringless when picked young.
Excellent flavor, one of the best for
freezing. Also a good container variety.
This packet sows two 10‑foot rows.
Days to Emerge:
When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED.
1 to 2 weeks after average last frost, and
when soil temperature is 65°F or warmer.
Successive Sowings: Every 7 to 14 days up
to 60 days before first fall frost. NOTE: In very
hot summer areas, sow as recommended
above but skip the heat of summer as
daytime temperatures consistently above
90°F will cause bean flowers to drop off (no
When to start inside: Not recommended.
Harvesting: 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 4"–6" long. Hold stem with one hand and the pod with the other hand to avoid pulling off branches, which may continue to produce. At season’s end, plants are great compost material if not diseased.
Artist: Tracy Wager