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PlantFiles: Bush Bean
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Provider (purple seed)'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Provider (purple seed)

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Days to Maturity:
41 to 50 days
51 to 60 days

Bloom Color:

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive carminator1 On May 18, 2010, carminator1 from mobile, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Great tasty beans. I am having a blast growing these, they produce lots of tasty beans, perfect in raise beds. Not a lot of bug problems on mine at all. They do get a little tall but I still decided not to stake them since they are doing O.K and they seem to support each other when planted close. Will definetely grow again.

Positive DAKOTA31400 On Mar 4, 2010, DAKOTA31400 from Petersburg, ND (Zone 3a) wrote:

The best snap bean I've seen in over 30 years of growing vegetables. Heavy yeild, but plants do tend to become top heavy and must be hilled. Have grown this cultivar in South Florida and North Dakota with equal results. Save your own seed for planting generation after generation. Almost seems as if the new seed adapts to your growing conditions. You only have to purchase commercial seed for this cultivar once.

Neutral melody On Oct 30, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Information only, I have not grown this plant yet.

The purple seeds of this open pollinated cultivar have the ability to germinate in cool soils. This prevents early season seed rot.

The beans are 5" to 5 1/2" long and the plants will yield well despite poor weather. It is dependable for early production and quality green beans even in diverse climates.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama
Keystone Heights, Florida
Auburn, Georgia
Winthrop Harbor, Illinois
Bethelridge, Kentucky
Salisbury, New Hampshire
Petersburg, North Dakota
Vinton, Ohio

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