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PlantFiles: Pole Bean, Snap Bean (String, Green or French Bean)
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Blue Lake Pole'

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 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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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

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Spriggin 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.

Positive Gindee77 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.

Positive melody 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.

Neutral HomeGrown 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.

Positive brio 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.


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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