50 days. Why is this bean called Contender?
Because it vies for the number one
spot among beans! And rightly it
should; producing after only 50 days
from sowing, and tolerating heat and
mildew where other varieties suffer.
Contender is stringless, excellent
cooked or eaten right from the garden!
This packet sows two 6-foot rows.
Days to Emerge:
When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED.
1 to 2 weeks after average last frost,
and when soil temperatures are 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 bean formation).
When to start inside: Not recommended.
Harvesting: Contender 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 6" - 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: Susie Hyer