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Organic Contender Bush Bean Seeds

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organic contender bean seedContender (45 days)

Contender bush bean is our #1 selling bean for three years running now.  There is a good reason for that--taste and reliability.

Contender is an early bush bean, that is reliable, heavy yielding, and considered by many to be the earliest producing bean at an amazing 40-45 days! 

Contender bean is perfect for short, cool seasons where other beans my not perform well.  This bean is mildew tolerant and still does well in hot weather.

Contender bean pods are 6" long, stringless, medium sized, and slightly curved.  Plants grow 12-22" tall.  Contender beans are excellent straight from your garden or cooked.

***In our taste test people said contender was milder in flavor compared to some other bush beans, but much more tender making it perfect for stir fries or fresh in salads.

The Texas Gardener Magazine says about Contender been seeds...

"The most common type in our Texas gardens is the standard round-podded types. One that is an old standard with Texas gardeners is ‘Contender.’ This bean consistently produces nice crops of good quality pods and does well in many different soils and climates. I have conducted trials for a number of years and although ‘Contender’ has never been the winner in productivity, it was always in the top group."


Contender Beans are recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region .  CA, FL, TX

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1.5" 75 7-10 4-6" 4-6" 24 lb. (fresh) Full

Planting Tips for Heirloom Beans:

50-60 days for green, 100+ days for dry beans. Not cold tolerant, beans need warm soil of 65° or higher. Grow best in full sun with well watered soil. Regular harvesting of the young pods will ensure a greater yield. Boost yields and germination by adding inoculants.

Avoid planting in soil that stays wet.  Heirloom bean diseases thrive in wet conditions, and the roots may not get enough oxygen.

Heirloom beans like soil that is slightly acid, about 6.5.  This can be achieved by adding mulched pine needles, peat moss or sulfur. 

Try wide row growing for bush beans.  Make your heirloom bean rows three across instead of just one.  Three wide is perfect because most people can reach across that width.  You can grow 3 times the amount of heirloom beans in the same space, you reduce the amount of area for weeds, and you'll save on water.



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