58 days. 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 6-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: 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