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Snap Bean or Dry Bean
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Contender'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Contender
Additional cultivar information:(aka Buff Valentine)
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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:


Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Days to Maturity:

41 to 50 days

51 to 60 days

61 to 70 days

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink


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


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

Hanceville, Alabama

Menifee, California

Byers, Colorado

Lakeland, Florida

Augusta, Georgia (2 reports)

Wichita, Kansas

Heflin, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Leland, Mississippi

Brick, New Jersey

Cornelius, North Carolina

Jamestown, Ohio

Jonesville, South Carolina

Radford, Virginia

Troy, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 30, 2012, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I buy this variety when I cannot find Blue Lake 274. It is somewhat popular around this area and I have only positive things to say about it. The beans are stringless and produces well. I do not hesitate to grow this variety.


On Sep 14, 2011, GardenWitch0872 from Brick Township, NJ wrote:

Have been growing this bean for eight years and it performs outstandingly. Neither drought nor torrential rain can stop it. It bears consistently, and continues to do so for several weeks. Germination rate is excellent (over 90%) and plants are robust and yield crisp, tasty beans.


On Jul 12, 2011, MustafaMc from Leland, MS wrote:

Our favorite snap bean. Very early and prolific production. Since the seeds are large, the bean should be picked when young.


On May 28, 2011, Tefoe from Lakeland, FL wrote:

The only green bean I have gotten to grow outstandingly well here in central FL. Can take the heat(I can grow them 10mo out of the year), no disease problems that Iv noticed, grows fast, gives plenty, Great taste!
Definitely a bean to grow.


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

Stringless 6-7" long bean.


On Oct 27, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

The family has been growing this snapbean since the 60's. Prolific and tasty, the pods also appeal to the eye . It competes with Bountiful for earliness. We have grown it from central to SW Virginia and now in middle Ga.