Most gardeners start their
green beans from seed. This way they can choose exactly what type of green
bean they want to grow in their garden. Green beans grow on two different
types of plants, bush plants and pole plants. Once you decide what type
of plant you want in your garden you have a wide variety of green bean
seeds to choose from.
There are many fine vegetable
seed companies. You can purchase from their seed catalogs or online.
If you're interested in heirloom seeds check out the offering from Heirloomseeds.com
experts suggest home gardeners, especially beginners, use fungicide treated
seeds. The fungicide helps to prevent certain plant diseases from occurring.
They also suggest you choose bean varieties that are resistant to diseases
such as powdery mildew, rust, bean mosaic and curly top. This is not a
guarantee you won't develop these problems in the garden, but it's an
extra measure of help against them.
Bush Green Beans:
Bush plants grown about 1 1/2
feet tall. Bush plants should be planted in rows at least 2 to 2 1/2 feet
apart to allow for ample air flow between them. Most bush snap bean seeds
mature within 50-60 days.
about Pole Green Beans:
Pole beans can climb between
8 to 10 feet high. You must supply them ample support, such as a trellis,
fence or pole. They will need help starting their climb, but one established
they will continue well on their own. Most pole snap bean seeds mature
within 65 to 80 days.
to germinate seeds indoor and sow green bean seeds in the garden
Green Bean Seed Varieties:
Seeds: Some of the most
popular green bean seed varieties are Kentucky Wonder, Kentucky Blue,
Early Contender, Blue Lake 274, Topcrop, Tenderette, Maxibel, Romano Italian
and French Filet. Gold and Green Blend bush bean seeds are also very popular
with home gardeners. Along with being delicious these blends make a lovely
presentation when cooked.
Purple Bean Seeds: Some of
the most popular purple green bean seed varieties are Purple Queen, Bean
Sequoia, Royal Burgundy and Royalty Purple Pod. The latter two are heirloom
Golden Bean Seeds: Golden (sometimes
called Wax) Bean seeds are Brittle Wax, Cherokee Wax, Goldcrop Wax and