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PlantFiles: 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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7 members have or want this plant for trade.


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

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lssfishhunter 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.

Positive GardenWitch0872 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.

Positive MustafaMc 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.

Positive Tefoe 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.

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

Stringless 6-7" long bean.

Positive Farmerdill 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.


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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