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Phaseolus vulgaris 'Helda'

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

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Days to Maturity:
61 to 70 days
71 to 80 days

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

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
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive goulot On Dec 12, 2012, goulot from Canton, MI wrote:

I have grown Helda in Michigan for two year already, and I definitely prefer it to Fortex, Kentucky Wonder and Kentucky Blue: better taste, larger yields.

I would also add that Japanese beetles seemed to go for Fortex before attacking Helda. But, lacking Fortex, they made do with Helda. I used Neem Oil a couple of times; it worked. Note, however, that Japanese beetles eat the leaves, not the beans; that way, we can coexist peacefully.

Neutral Farmerdill On Aug 23, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A pole Romano type. This vining plant reaches 8 feet tall and up to 3 feet wide, with enormous crops that begin in early summer. The flattish pods are 9 inches long and very weighty, loaded down with plump white seeds. Great resistance to Common Bean Mosaic ensures even bigger, healthier crops, too.


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

Waynesboro, Mississippi
Morgantown, West Virginia

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