60 days. 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. Very disease resistant.
This packet sows one 10-foot row.
Days to Emerge:
When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost and when soil temperature is at least 65ºF—ideally 70º–85ºF. Successive Sowings: Every 7 to 14 days up to 80 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 90ºF will cause bean flowers to drop off (no bean formation).
When to start inside: Not recommended.
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" - 8" 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: Carolyn Crawford