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Phaseolus vulgaris 'Northeaster'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Northeaster
Additional cultivar information: (aka Kwintus)

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Days to Maturity:
31 to 40 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

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Ozark On Jul 19, 2011, Ozark from Ozark, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I grew Northeaster pole beans for the first time this year, and I can't say enough good things about this variety. They're great! I planted only one 8' row on a 5' tall fence panel, and had the first picking of beans 54 days after planting. The vines are fairly compact and didn't try to overclimb the fence too much.

These beans are BIG and tender. The flavor is very good, and they're extremely productive. I've been picking two or three gallons every two days for a couple of weeks now, and it's hard to believe all those beans have come from one 8' row. We've been enjoying them fresh and filling up the freezer!

I've grown many varieties of "round" green beans, both pole and bush, over the years. No more. These are so good I think I'll just plant successive small rows of Northeaster pole beans in future gardens and get twice the good green beans for my efforts!

Neutral melody On Oct 31, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have not grown this plant yet, information only.

Said to be the earliest maturing pole bean. Can be used as an outdoor crop and off-season greenhouse production.

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

According to one vendor's description, "the seed comes from Holland. Earliest and best-tasting pole bean in Emily Cates’ 2003 trial. “Wonderfully sweet and crunchy, a joy to grow and eat! Easy to grow, loves to climb.” Ripens almost two weeks earlier than Kentucky Wonder. Flavor improves with blanching. Somewhat flattened pods don’t get tough even when big. " (55 days)


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

Arlington, Massachusetts
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Ozark, Missouri

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