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Snap Bean or Dry Bean 'Kwintus'

Phaseolus vulgaris

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phaseolus (FAZ-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Kwintus
Additional cultivar information:(aka Early Riser)
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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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:

21 to 30 days

31 to 40 days

41 to 50 days

51 to 60 days

61 to 70 days

71 to 80 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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Juneau, Alaska

Augusta, Georgia

Provincetown, Massachusetts

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 30, 2010, alaska_rick from Juneau, AK (Zone 5a) wrote:

I grew this bean inside my cold frame greenhouse. It was a "greenhouse" with one side kept open all summer. The beans were amazing. They grew to a height of about 12 feet in an 8 ft greenhouse. I trained the runners up and across the cross supports for the greenhouse. I planted too early twice and the beans just rotted in the ground.

Do not plant in April in Alaska. The ground was not warm enough for germination.

But once the ground warmed up, they just took off. We still have new blossoms forming as I write ( Sept 30th ). Tonight we picked a lot of big beans. The temps are dipping into the 40s so time to pull them up.


On Jun 6, 2006, blackbunny from Provincetown, MA wrote:

I've been growing this bean for the past 3 years, saving seeds to replant (so far it comes true). I have to say that it's my favorite bean. It's tasty, tender and sweet even when the pods have gotten a little older than they should. And it's prolific and early here in my Cape Cod garden, which has a short growing season. I should say that I prefer Romano type beans, which this is. Might be worth trying for others who have a similar growing season to mine.


On Aug 23, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 43 day Italian type pole snap bean that is also known as Early Riser. A flat, stringless 8 - 10 inch Romano type that is as early as a bush bean.