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Plant Details

Green Beans Grown from Potted Plants Bush Blue Lake

Bonnie Plants


This stringless snap bean matures early and offers superior flavor, color, texture and ease of picking. Beans are long and straight. Excellent steamed or used in salads. Originally developed as a canning bean, but it soon grew to be a fresh favorite, too. Its predecessor, Blue Lake pole bean, is an heirloom that has been around since the early 1900s. Bush Blue Lake was developed from Blue Lake pole bean in 1961. Very productive. Produces most of its harvest within a few weeks, leaving time for a second crop or a vacation! Set transplants 8 inches apart.

Planting Tips

Two rows 12 inches apart is the most productive per sq. foot.

Typesummer vegetable
Categoriesvegetable fruit or berry, warm season vegetable
Lightfull sun
Soilrich, well-drained; soil pH should be between 6.0 and 7.0 for best growth and to discourage clubroot disease
Spacing8 to 10 inches
FertilizerBefore setting out the plants, mix a 1-inch layer of compost and a light application of an organic or timed-release fertilizer into the soil. When given a little starter fertilizer and biologically active compost, beans usually need no further feeding.
DiagnosisCutworms often kill seedlings by girdling their main stems, making them look like little felled trees. Slugs and snails often make holes in bean leaves, and Japanese beetles like to eat leaves, too.
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