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PlantFiles: Pole Bean
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Tobacco Worm'

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

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Days to Maturity:
71 to 80 days

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Soil pH requirements:
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
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive RHaeckler On Aug 9, 2014, RHaeckler from Richmond, KY wrote:

I planted this bean where the pigs had been, ground was fertile and contained humus but very compacted so much that nothing much could grow there. I erected a bean tower of 2 16 foot cattle panels bent into an "n" shape. This was late May. Now, early August, the 5 plants (that never got watered and we had a dry year) have covered both cattle panels - a width of 8 feet, and have grown to the top as well. They are covered in beans! I am getting a pound every 3 days, plus leaving some on for future seeds. They seem untroubled by pests that are decimating the nearby black eyed peas.

Neutral melody On Feb 25, 2009, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Information only. I have not grown this personally.

Large green pods that when mature look like the green Tobacco Worm caterpillar. Including the pointed 'posterior' end.
A good snap bean when young. Makes a fine dry bean when mature. White seeds.


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

West Fork, Arkansas
Richmond, Kentucky

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