Bean, Asparagus Yardlong
HEIRLOOM. Very vigorous, climbing vines that are easy to grow.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
How to Sow
- Because cowpeas are members of the legume family of plants, they can benefit from an application of a soil inoculant designed for beans and peas, prior to planting. The inoculant will enable the plants to take nitrogen from the air to use as fertilizer, which can increase crop yield and quality.
- Sow in average soil in a sunny location after danger of frost and soil has warmed, from spring to early summer. Sow after the soil has warmed, as seeds may rot in cooler soils.
- Coat untreated seed with an inoculant.
- Sow in rows 24 inches apart. Sow seeds 3 inches apart and cover with 2 inches of fine soil. Firm lightly and water gently.
- Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
- Keep sowing bean seeds every 2 weeks for a constant supply of beans.
- Thin gradually to stand 12 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches high.
How to Grow
- In dry weather, keep soil well-watered. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
- Cultivate or mulch to keep weed-free, but do not work or handle plants when leaves are wet.
- Beans as companion plants: Planted closely in rows spaced around two feet, bush bean plants blend well with like-sized warm-season vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes and eggplants. Between towers of pole bean plants, planting vines like squash can help keep weeds down. Pole beans can help protect cool-season vegetables such as spinach and lettuces, as the weather warms.
Harvest and Preserving Tips
- For fresh use, pick pods as soon as well-filled out with peas
- For dried bean use, harvest in about 80 days
- To Dry Beans: Allow the beans to stay on the plants until they are partially dry. Then pull up the plants and hang them in a warm, dry place with good air circulation until the pods and seeds are thoroughly dry. Shell the beans and save the pods and plants for composting.
Days To Maturity80 daysFruit Size12 inchesSunFull SunSpread18 inchesHeight5-9 feetSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin6 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Bean, Asparagus Yardlong is rated out of 5 by 8.Rated 5 out of 5 by Debbie456 from Amazing Bean! This is the first time I've planted the asparagus bean but certainly won't be the last! These things are amazing! I planted these using my cattle panel "trellis" and then planted a couple of other "trellises" with other varieties of pole beans. These have far surpassed any bean I have planted in the past with a much earlier crop than the purple king and Kentucky pole bean. The asparagus bean kept producing all through the hot dry summer we had here and now it's October 23 and I picked another bunch yesterday! My husband's co-workers were very excited about these beans and used them in a variety of different ways... from fresh in salads to stir-fries. These have a fresh light flavor (to me, anyway) but I have cooked them like I do green beans and they taste great.Date published: 2014-10-23Rated 5 out of 5 by Natt from Spectacular Yardlong Beans!! I have grown several different varieties of pole beans over the years but I wanted to try the yardlong beans after my mom reminisced about my grandparents growing them many, many years ago. I was not disappointed! These beans were outstanding and produced plenty of beans to keep my family of five (and a few neighbors) happily eating beans all summer long. They grew hardy and strong and yielded an exceptional harvest! I will definitely be growing these again year after year.Date published: 2014-09-17Rated 5 out of 5 by Violet from Never=Ending Wonder This is the third year that we have planted Burpee Asparagus Yardlong green beans. We prefer their taste and texture to other green beans. The beans are planted in two rows 11 feet long each, supported by trellises. Because this crop is so prolific, we have been handing out fistfuls of the beans to neighbors passing by. My husband decided that, this year, he would measure the beans, end to end, to see exactly how much we are actually harvesting from these two rows. The count this season, with just a few stragglers left on the vines, is 1,239 feet! What champions these beans are! We have passed on seeds to our dentist, who has had no luck with other beans, and he is so enamored that he has passed some on to his barber. And so on and so on. One word of caution...pick every other day. The beans go quickly from lean and tender to "puffy,"Date published: 2014-09-17Rated 5 out of 5 by YankeePlanter from Early and prolific I planted only two poles of these beans last summer, figuring they might yield a small late crop. To my surprise, I began picking them in late-July, despite a miserable month of rain (14 inches in my rain gauge) in June, and the harvest continued well into September. For several weeks, they were the only beans I was harvesting in my garden. Note: It is important to twist the beans off carefully, as the vines will reflower from the same location repeatedly as long as you don't damage the buds. One more hint: plant these beans separately--meaning on well-situated separate pole--from regular pole beans--they need a lot of light and won't appreciate being shaded out. They actually will store in your crisper without any trouble for several days, but they do go off quicker than regular beans.Date published: 2014-01-13Rated 5 out of 5 by SassybutClassy from My Favorite Vegetable to Grow I have been planting these beans for several years in my organic vegetable garden. They have been prolific producers despite recordbreaking heat in North Texas. I bought two metal trellis and staked them about eight feet apart. Then, I draped a nylon webbed trellis netting across. During the hot Texas summer, the beans create enough shade that allow many of my plants survive the 100 degree sun. I have been amazed that these beans produce from spring to late fall. I keep them picked, and have even used them as compost when I got move than 20 pounds a week. They grown well when I plant cucumbers side by side. When picked young, they remind me of expensive French hericot vert beans. Let them grown 1 to 2 feet long, and they are great when steamed with small pototates and sweet onions (add butter and lemon juice when you serve them)Date published: 2013-02-10Rated 4 out of 5 by TeriJoSews from vigorous, good producers neat looking, tastes like reg. grn bean. good seller @ Farmer's MarketDate published: 2012-05-09Rated 4 out of 5 by Manny from Nutty Flavor - But Pick and Eat Immediately The flowers on the yardlong beans are just beautiful! I grew them on the fence in my garden in bad soil, and they still grew. My husband and I loved the nutty flavor. I used them in oriental stir-fry. I also loved them sauteed in olive oil with almonds. Yum! The only thing that both my husband and I disliked is how quickly the beans went bad after picking them. So, you will need to pick them and immediately cook them.Date published: 2009-12-30Rated 5 out of 5 by Paulooin from Resistant to many insects that eat beans These beans are great and are often found in Asian dishes. My mother used to grow tons of these and put them in stir fries, so I grew up eating these beans. The pods are longer and skinnier than regular pole or bush beans and will reach 2 feet if you let them (but they're better younger). The plants themselves can reach over 10 feet if you let them climb a piece of string, so plan your trellis ahead! I found that a major advantage of these plants is that many of the bean-eating insects avoid them. In southern Indiana, bean beetles and other critters can be overwhelming but these beans were fine. My other beans were all decimated. There is however, some sort of bug (in the Hemipteran sense, not in the generic sense) that I found sucked on the bean pods themselves, but did not seem to do any damage nor spread any kind of disease.Date published: 2006-09-21