Bean Greencrop Bush - McKenzie Seeds
Bean Greencrop Bush
- Phaseolus vulgaris
- Tender flavor
- 6 to 14 days to germination
- 53 days to maturity
Greencrop Beans produce an abundant crop of tasty beans on prolific bush plants. The long 15-20 cm (6-8") beans are perfect for fresh use, canning, freezing or frenching. Cultivate shallow and often.
Preparation Ideas: Rinse beans under water. Dry and cut off both ends of beans. Snip beans into 1" pieces. Place beans into large frying pan and add enough water to cover beans. Bring water to boil. Reduce heat, cover the pan and simmer beans until fork tender. Drain beans and add butter, salt and pepper and any other spices you desire.
- Once danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed, directly sow bean seeds into gardens or raised beds.
- Seeds germinate in approximately 6-14 days.
- Bush Beans: Sow seed 2.5 cm (1”) deep. Space seeds approximately 10 cm (4”) apart. Space rows 60 cm (24”) apart.
- Pole Beans: Sow seed 2.5 cm (1”) deep. Space seeds approximately 10 cm (4”) apart at the base of a pole or support.
Garden Beans require warm soil and good growing conditions. The seeds will decay quickly when planted in cold wet soil. The use of Garden Inoculant at the time of planting can greatly increase yields.
Beans do best when planted in full sun. Warm, well drained soil is best. Planting where beans and peas have not been grown for at least a year will help reduce insect and disease problems.
Bush beans produce an entire crop all at once while pole beans produce over the entire growing season. Keeping beans picked on both types of plants will increase production. Depending on the needs of the gardener, those who want to can or freeze a lot of beans may want to grow bush beans for a large harvest all at once where planting pole varieties will allow the gardener to harvest all season long but making succession plantings of bush beans will produce similar results.
- Don’t work in bean patch while plants are wet/damp – this will help reduce the spread of disease
- Make sure plants receive adequate moisture during and immediately after flowering and once pods have formed to ensure a higher yield of nicely shaped beans.
- Pole beans need support to climb. Use poles, strings, trellises or make tepees for the beans to climb.
Harvesting and Storage
- Beans can be picked when pods are young and tender.
- Harvest often to increase yields.
- Remove pods that are too old for eating as the old pods take away nutrients from developing pods and reduce yields – if pods get large with seed, the plant will stop flowering.