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PlantFiles: Dry Bean
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Lazy Housewife Shellout'

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

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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:
Unknown - Tell us

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Days to Maturity:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
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


No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral cindyvog On Sep 16, 2012, cindyvog from Martinsville, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

Lazy Housewife pole bean is quite vigorous climbing over and above12 ft screen in my garden in Zone 5. It did well in this seasons 100 degree drought. It is only stringless if it is picked very young/small. Quite tasty. Strings formed rapidly on both size when bean got about 4." Better grown for a dry bean. Quite prolific.

Neutral JAnnetteW On Jul 31, 2010, JAnnetteW from Philadelphia, MS wrote:

I want someone to tell me something about Lazy Housewife green beans. I live in East Central Mississippi where gardeners rarely try anything new. I have sold vegetables at the local farmer's market for three years, but grew vegetables organically for my own personal use for many years. However, I do not eat green beans often because they are not my personally favorite vegetable. So if I tried these beans, I would not be growing them for myself but for the local market which is hard to please if a grower tries something new.

For instance, nobody wants zucchini, but everybody who wants squash wants yellow Summer crookneck, yellow summer straightneck, or no squash at all. They would not try spaghetti squash. I know because I tried selling it one year. However, I have seen ads for Lazy Housewife green snap beans, and I am intrigued. It sounds time saving to grow something that can be picked in large quantities. How much are they like Kentucky Wonders? That is what the locals want--Kentucky Wonders--or something that will fool them into thinking that it is the same thing. If Lazy Housewife is not what I am looking for, what is another snap bean that will grow prolificly and look, act, feel, smell, taste, sound, and think like a Kentucky Wonder?


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

Martinsville, Indiana

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