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PlantFiles: Snap Bean (String, Green or French Bean)
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Derby'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Derby
Additional cultivar information: (PVP)
Hybridized by Ferry-Morse; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1990

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Days to Maturity:
41 to 50 days

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive greenbrain On Sep 29, 2009, greenbrain from Madison, IL (Zone 6b) wrote:

Long slender straight & prolific. Disease, drought, & pest resistant. Easy to pick. Good flavor. Keeps well. Will grow again.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 14, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

An All-America Selections (AAS) winner.

Neutral Farmerdill On Dec 19, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Derby is an open pollinated so you can save seeds. It has been granted plant variety protection (PVP) which means it is illegal to use those seeds. Primarily applies to selling of seeds, however.
Good bean for fresh market.

Positive CountryGardens On Jan 2, 2003, CountryGardens from Lewisville, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

We have planted this bean for a number of years. Customers come asking for it by name. Very productive and easy to pick. Continues to bear as long as you keep it picked!
Very good flavor and color. Good canner.
The picture of beans, the 3 rows to the left and the 3 to the right are Derby. Middle 2 are yellow wax beans.


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

Mammoth Spring, Arkansas
Madison, Illinois
Eagle Springs, North Carolina

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