Snap Bean (String, Green or French Bean) 'Blue Lake Bush'

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: Blue Lake Bush
Additional cultivar information:(aka Bush Blue Lake)
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:


Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Days to Maturity:

41 to 50 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:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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

Heflin, Alabama

Davis, California

Danbury, Connecticut

Ellendale, Delaware

Dunnellon, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida

Williston, Florida

Hampton, Illinois

Madison, Illinois

Benton, Kentucky

Corbin, Kentucky

Kansas City, Missouri

Las Vegas, Nevada

North Creek, New York

Ovid, New York

Franklin, Ohio

Jamestown, Ohio

Lebanon, Ohio

Vinton, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Bluefield, Virginia

Bluefield, West Virginia

Cecil, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 11, 2017, Lvraiders from Las Vegas, NV wrote:

This species of beans is easy to grow, fun to grow and all you have to do is water. Those that live in zone 8 and above will find this bean fruits and drys out right when the temperatures reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Even if the plants are underdeveloped. So plant early around mid April for those in zone 8 and 9. The beans are fast growers and are more of a ground cover than a tall plant. Last year they only grew several inches high. They harbor a whole bunch of bugs, found some lady bugs last year in my bean crop and are disease resistant. Since I plant the Bush variety they didn't need a pole. Germinate seed directly in soil does not transplant. They should pop up in 4-5 days for me and up to 2 weeks for those using poor quality soil or planting in cold temps. Good germination. You must ... read more


On Sep 29, 2009, greenbrain from Madison, IL (Zone 6b) wrote:

I got tired of growing pole beans, so decided to try these. I've grown top crop bush beans before with success. These kept producing & I've gotten at least three good crops. Very tasty & prolific, but I liked top crops habit better of carrying the beans high on the plant. Not tough when they're fat with beans. It's Sept. 28 & they're still producing.


On Oct 9, 2006, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I found this one to be very vigorous and tasty. Lots of beans and withstood adversity (pest and drought problems) better than other beans I grew.


On Jul 18, 2006, jenhillphoto from Danbury, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

Grew this bean last year. Got multiple pickings from each plant. A pretty bright green after cooking. A good, crispy, tasty bean. The standard to which other beans are held in our family.


On Jun 15, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This green bean is great because it has no strings and if picked young can be cooked whole in stir fry. It has a great flavor and the bushes are very generous.


On Jul 29, 2004, kadawn74 from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is my first year growing beans, and these have totally outgrown and outproduced the "high yield" Kentucky Wonder pole beans I planted. I find the taste a little sweeter too, although I can only comment on how they taste raw. I snack on a few every day, when they reach 5-6 inches. Maybe they would taste different if I let them grow bigger, or let enough grow to cook? They have been incredibly easy to grow, my only thought would be to plant them 6 inches apart, instead of thinning them to that spacing, as all of them DID sprout.


On Apr 17, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Many people in this area like the Blue Lake Bush bean. They are tender, have no strings and are quite tasty.

Easy to grow and many people prefer them to the old fashioned Kentucky Wonders.

Personally, I find the KY Wonders a little more full flavored, but the ease of harvest and preparation for the Blue Lakes makes it a winner too.


On Jan 13, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Heavy-yielding variety. Flavor is good. Plants usually do not require support. 53 days from seed.