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Snap Bean (String, Green or French Bean) 'Blue Lake Bush #274'

Phaseolus vulgaris

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Lake Bush #274
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:


Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Days to Maturity:

41 to 50 days

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Byers, Colorado

Miami, Florida

Naalehu, Hawaii

Georgetown, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana

Wichita, Kansas

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jonesville, South Carolina

Cascade, Virginia

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 30, 2012, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is probably the most popular bush green bean around this area and it produces reasonably well for me. I prefer this variety because they are stringless! I have also found that this variety produces better for me compared to the Blue Lake pole bean.


On Jul 23, 2010, sunnybritefarm from Naalehu, HI wrote:

Excellent flavor! A decent producer of fairly straight to lightly curved pods, bush grows about 24" for us and tends to lean over with the weight of the pods. We simply use a few 1/2" thick twigs to help prop the leaners up. One of our favorite snap beans for flavor. While we can grow it year around here, it does not germinate as well during the winter months. Hawaii, 2300' elev, 60" rain, daily low 60 degrees F, high 80 F


On Aug 13, 2007, jessums from Pittsburgh, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Great producer, keeps tight bush form which requires little in no attention to maintain.