Kentucky Blue Pole Bean Seeds

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The best of Kentucky Wonder and Blue Lake

Days to Maturity: 58 from direct sow

Pole Bean

All-America Selections (AAS) Winner 1991

Wondering whether to grow Kentucky Wonder or Blue Lake pole beans this year? Why not have both—in a single variety. Kentucky Blue is the cross of these two classic varieties, with the best characteristics of both. For gardeners who love pole beans, it's nothing short of a dream come true.

These enormous 8 to 9 inch pods are straight, smooth, and plump, with dark green stems and light strings. A treat in texture as well as taste, they arise very, very abundantly on vigorous vining 5 to 8 foot plants that stand up to bean mosaic virus beautifully and continue to bear all summer long. The combination of great flavor and big yields on easy-care plants earned Kentucky Blue an All-America Selections award.

Many gardeners prefer pole beans for their distinctive "beany" flavor. Because they use vertical space, they free up the horizontal rows in the vegetable garden for other varieties while bearing abundant harvests. They're easier than bush beans to harvest as well.

Direct sow the seeds after all danger of frost, and for longest harvest, keep sowing at 3-week intervals until late spring. For fall crops, begin in late summer and continue until a month or so before first frost date. Support the vines on a trellis, tower, or poles spaced 3 feet apart.

This season, consider growing a Three Sisters combination planting of beans, corn, and squash. This Native American planting uses the three plants to help one another grow and fruit their best: the corn provides a "pole" for the bean to climb, while the squash offers groundcover protection for the corn and bean roots. Kentucky Blue makes a great Three Sisters member.


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Genus Phaseolus
Species vulgaris
Variety Kentucky Blue
Days To Maturity 58
Fruit Color Green
Habit Vining
Plant Height 5 ft - 8 ft
Additional Characteristics Award Winner, Direct Sow, Easy Care Plants, Edible, Soil Builder, Trellises
Harvest Season Early Fall, Early Summer, Late Summer, Mid Summer
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Cuisine, Outdoor, Vines and Climbers

Product Review Summary

Based on 3 reviews
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

July 31, 2012

Good Bean

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

One I always grow along with smeraldo, derby & soleil. This one does take the longest here in the sierra nevada northern ca, so with the different varieties I get great beans all summer & into early fall. For my growing season, I can't plant till middle-end of may & these usually don't start producing until end of august. Nice big pods that are very tasty.

Brian from CA
July 11, 2012

Really Stringless!!

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Wanting a replacement for the 1/2 white runner bean we have planted for years we trialed 3 new green beans. Ky Blue was not only a good flavored bean, it was prolific and completely stringless.

Bee Girl from GA
November 14, 2011

Kentucky Blue bears all summer!

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I have been planting Park's Kentucky Blue for more than five years. I continue to use it because it produces enormous numbers of tasty green beans all summer long in Central Minnesota. During the hottest of the summer, it may slow down a bit, but don't pull it out! Keep watering it, and it will resume blooming and bearing as cooler weather returns. Pole beans take up less space in a small yard and are easier to harvest from a trellis. Under excellent conditions, vines may exceed 8 feet.

Julie C. from MN

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