Pole Bean - Kentucky Blue (Phaseolus vulgaris)

Kentucky Blue Pole Bean Seeds (Phaseolus vulgaris)

Packet of 210 Seeds
Sale price $3.00 Regular price $4.00

Are you looking for a plant that will enrich your soil, shade your tender greens, provide an ongoing harvest, and add interest to your garden? Pole beans provide all of the above, and few varieties do it better than the Kentucky Blue pole bean. 

Kentucky Blue pole beans are a cross between Kentucky Wonder and Blue Lake pole beans, longtime favorite varietals among home and commercial gardeners. Idaho horticulturist Calvin Lamborn recognized a demand for long, straight beans in the Asian market, and developed Kentucky Blue pole beans for this niche. His work with this variety earned the variety the prestigious All-America Selections National Award in 1991. 

The original vertical garden

Six-foot vines repeatedly produce long, 6 to 8 inch, straight, bright green, sweet, crunchy pods of white beans. Kentucky Blues require structural support, provided by simple trellises or, depending upon the gardener's creative flair, elaborate pole structures. 

The term "pole beans" originated with the use of simple wooden poles set in the soil to act as a support for vines. The rough surface of the wood poles allows the vines' suckers to cling. 

Typically, these poles stood sentinel at the back of the garden so as not to block the rest of the vegetables' sunlight, but many gardeners have used pole beans to help shade tender vegetables such as lettuces in the hottest part of the season. 

Some farmers traditionally grew a crop of pole beans after a corn harvest. Dry corn stalks support growing pole bean vines, and at the end of the season, the dried, crumbled vegetative matter from the legumes helped feed soil depleted by the heavier-feeding corn. 

Thin bean poles arranged in a "teepee" shape provide shade for tender plants below, as well as visual interest in the garden. 

A combination of the above methods is known among the Iroquois First Nation people as the "Three Sisters Garden". Corn is planted first, so the stalks have a head start. Then, beans are planted to grow up the stalks and help add nutrients to the soil. Sprawling squash plants helped keep the soil moist and cool from hot summer sun. 

Beans climb best up wood's rough surface, but 4" mesh concrete reinforcement panels, easily found at hardware supply chains, help gardeners to get creative. Tie a couple panels into an archway to make an interesting shady spot in the garden or a hideout for younger green-thumbs. 

Erect a wavy, vertical screen of mesh for some whimsy, and add companion vines such as nasturtium, which help repel insect pests. 

From the garden to the kitchen

A packet of Kentucky Blue pole beans will keep you and your family—and your neighbors and their families—picking and eating beans right up to first frost. These heavy, continuous producers are a hit with kids, and since the bounty begins about 58 days from seed, successive planting and quick results ensure continuous delight throughout the season. 

Kentucky Blue pole beans are stringless, and with a quick rinse can be steamed, stir-fried, grilled or eaten fresh. 

Freeze them after a quick blanching, or dig up your grandmother's pickling recipe to enjoy these crisp, flavorful pods year-round. 

The best gardens come from the freshest seeds

Make sure your garden gets off to the best start with high-quality seeds packed for this season or next season's use. Browse the site for our wide selection of non-GMO, heirloom, and open pollinated seeds. Whether you're a patio farmer or market gardener, Seed Needs will help you, your garden and your family thrive this season!

Sowing The Seed

Beans are not fond of being transplanted and are best established directly outdoors, when the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed. If they are started indoors, the use of peat pots may be beneficial to prevent root shock when transplanting. Work through your sowing area to remove all unwanted plant life and weeds. Sow the seeds at a depth of 1” under topsoil. Provide a trellis or support.

Growing Conditions

Beans will require an area of full sunlight for the majority of the day. The plants will thrive in temperatures of at least 65F and require a soil that is fertile and rich in organic matter. You must also make sure that your sowing medium is well drained as well. Adding a light compost to any areas containing hard, compact soil will improve your overall drainage. Water the seeds daily until germination occurs.

Germination & Growth

Kentucky Blue Beans typically germinate within a good 7 to 21 days after sowing. The plants will reach a mature height of roughly 60 to 72 inches tall and can spread about 12 to 24 inches wide. They can be spaced roughly 18 inches apart from one another, in rows that are spaced 24 inches apart. Kentucky Blue will produce excellent yields of thick, 6 to 8 inch pods that can be harvested in 70 to 75 days. The use of stakes or a support trellis is recommended for healthy growth.

Our Promise

We promise to never knowingly carry or sell GMO based seed products. All seeds sold through Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and the vast majority seeds are produced from open pollinated plants. (A very low number of our seed products are F1 hybrids) Our seed stock is stored in a temperature controlled facility and our products are constantly moved out due to popularity. Each and every packet is intended for the current and the following growing season and will not be marked with an expiration date.

If you are to store your seeds for successful growth in the following year, we recommend placing the packets in an airtight ziplock bag. Place your seeds in a cool, dark and dry area of the home, such as a basement where they are kept at room temperature or below.

Our Guarantee

It is our goal to make you a happy customer! If you experience any problems with your seeds such as germination issues, we will replace or refund any seed product within 180 days of your purchase date. Please contact us directly for a resolution to any problems that you are having with our products.

Question: When should I sow these seeds?
Answer: This is something you must research for your specific region. We offer a ton of helpful articles in our Blog that explain in depth how to successfully grow the seeds within our shop. All of our product pages have useful information on sowing as well.

Question: What is the size of this packet?
Answer: Our traditional packages are 3.25" wide, by 4.50" tall. Some of our larger packages of Corn, Beans and Peas will be 4" wide by 4.675" tall, and our Wildflower packages containing bulk seeds are usually 4.50" wide by 6.45" inches tall.

Question: Are your seeds heirloom?
Answer: In short yes, a vast majority of the plant varieties we carry are heirloom. Heirlooms are varieties that have been passed down for generations.

Question: Are your seeds GMO?
Answer: No, we promise to never knowingly carry or supply any GMO based seed products and steer clear of seed producers from major GMO companies, such as Monsanto.

Question: Are your seeds Organic?
Answer: No, at this time we do not sell organic seeds.

Question: How long will shipping take?
Answer: This can sometimes depend on the size of your order, however 95% of our orders will ship within 24 to 48 hours. All orders ship First Class by default and can take 2 - 5 business days to arrive. Orders placed on a Friday may not ship until the following Monday.

Question: What if my seeds don't grow?
Answer: If you experience any problems with our seed products, contact us within 180 days of your purchase date for a resolution.

Question: Do the packages have sowing instructions on them?
Answer: Yes, all of our seed packets have detailed sowing information on the reverse side as well as a QR code that leads to the original product page here on our website.

Question: Why is there no expiration date on your seed packages?
Answer: Our seeds are contained within a temperature controlled facility in airtight containers. When we ship our seed products to customers, we fill a small portion of packets that sell on a weekly basis. We do not print an expiration date on the packets since the large majority of seeds technically do not expire for long periods of time, IF they are stored in the proper conditions. If you plan to store or save your seeds for the following year, we suggest placing them in a ziplock bag, later storing them in a dark, cool and dry area of the home.

Question: Can I receive a catalog in the mail?
Answer: At this time, we are focused on remaining solely online. We do not send paper catalogs in an effort to save more trees, as well as keep our prices low.

Question: I did not receive an invoice for my order.
Answer: We do not send paper invoices with our orders since the invoice can be viewed online with your Seed Needs account. You will also receive an invoice / order confirmation through email.

Question: What is the difference between a hybrid variety and a GMO based seed product.
Answer: Hybrids are a NATURAL process of cross pollinating two species, thus producing a first generation hybrid (F1.) For example: Mixing a red, double blooming, single stem sunflower, with a yellow, multi branching sunflower might result in a orange-red, double blooming, multibranching plant.

GMO based seed products are a completely different and unatural process of gene splicing in a laboratory. The process entails the introduction of a separate biological kingdom, such as a bacteria, or a pesticide. This bacteria or pesticide is then eaten directly by the consumer when the crops reach maturity. (BAD NEWS)

Question: Can you ship these seeds overseas?
Answer: At this time we only ship within the United States and Canada.