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Phaseolus vulgaris 'Romano'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Romano

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-9 in. (15-22 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
71 to 80 days

Bloom Color:

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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


3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive suzy_qu3 On Jan 2, 2011, suzy_qu3 from East Chatham, NY wrote:

Fabulous flavor and "bomb-proof" - you have to try pretty hard to NOT grow this variety. I have been saving these seeds for years and they keep going strong. Great flavor young or a little over ripe. Huge producer, I have trouble keeping the trellis upright they get so heavy with fruit. Every year a get a few albinos, which is interesting. They die young obviously, but it's kind of neat.

Positive CurtisJones On Nov 25, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests: This Italian green bean is considered by many to be the best tasting bean available. It has an UNSURPASSED beany/nutty flavor and produces over a long period of time. As a pole bean, it is easy to grow it vertically in small spaces by letting it climb up a pole, trellis, or teepee made of poles (which is a great tent for kids or a cool spot to grow lettuce!).

Positive Farmerdill On Sep 13, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 60 day Italian pole bean that is widely available. Pods are flat 5 - inches in lenght. A good producer. Under my conditions was more prolific than Kentucky Wonder, Favor is different but equally good in its own right.


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

Denver, Colorado
Longmont, Colorado
East Chatham, New York
Radford, Virginia

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