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PlantFiles: Snap Bean (Green, String or French Bean)
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Benton'

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

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:
Advanced Cultivar

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Days to Maturity:
41 to 50 days

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
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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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral BeanBreeder On Dec 16, 2002, BeanBreeder wrote:

'Benton' was developed by Drs. Parker and Moser at Rogers Seed Company in Twin Falls, Idaho during the 1980's. 'Benton' was a very popular processor (freezing and canning) variety for many years. Sales of 'Benton' dropped drastically in 1992-1994 when it was pronounced to be "the most white mold susceptable" variety by a public researcher at Cornell. When, in fact, it was no more susceptable than most varieties available at the time. "Benton' has good heat tolerance, and is still grown in Texas and Arkansas because of this. The pods are medium green, 5.5" long, and 4.5 sieve. It has rather large leaves and bush, but not excessive. Dominant I gene resistance to Bean Common Mosaic Virus (BCMV).

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