Gold Rush wax bean is a popular main
crop bush bean for good reason. The
yellow pods are easier to see against the
foliage than green ones. They are borne
in clusters around the main stem, so
they’re easy to harvest. Gold Rush holds
its quality well, both on the plant and
post-harvest. Grow these disease resistant
plants in the ground or in containers.
This packet sows two 9-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: Gold Rush 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 5"–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: Connie Sayas