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Pole Bean, Snap Bean (String, Green or French Bean) 'Blue Lake Pole'

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 Pole
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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:


Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Days to Maturity:

51 to 60 days

61 to 70 days

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Soil pH requirements:

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:

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Where to Grow:

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


Danbury, Connecticut

Hampton, Illinois

Washington, Iowa

Benton, Kentucky

Bethelridge, Kentucky

Saint Louis, Missouri

Selma, Oregon

Conroe, Texas

Freeport, Texas

Spokane, Washington

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 14, 2009, Spriggin from Selma, OR wrote:

This is the best tasting string bean I've ever grown. Have had no insect pests or disease on these vines. They bear until I'm heartily sick of them, and that takes a long time. Just a small patch provides a full winter's supply for canning too.


On Jun 15, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I like to plant this bean near a trellis and grow it up as a screen. The beans are really good and just a few hills provide a nice amount of beans. They're good picked young and cooked in stir fry.


On Apr 17, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Easy to grow in West KY. A long time favorite here.

Few strings and tender beans make this a great variety for the home canner.


On Jun 24, 2003, HomeGrown from Midlothian, VA wrote:

I live in Virginia and grow organically. I have had fairly good success with pole beans until Japanese Beetles descend upon the tasty leaves around mid to late June. Last year they made lace of most of the leaves and that cut production off right after they started producing. This year the constant rains have produced all leaf and thin beans.


On Mar 2, 2003, brio wrote:

Dependable, early, productive green pole bean. Great tasting and tender. Fine as a fresh, canning or freezing bean. White seeds. There is a black seeded version also.