Dwarf French bean produces twice as long as most beans.
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 Maturity55 daysFruit Size6-8 inchesSunFull SunSpread10 inchesHeight15 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin6 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Bean Beananza is rated out of 5 by 11.Rated 5 out of 5 by Maryeveryday from Outstanding! I love these beans. Prolific doesn't adequately describe it! I planted about 10 seeds and the plants keep producing and producing - I've been eating green beans most of the summer. (Last year I planted about 20 seeds and had so many beans I could not give them away fast enough). The beans are delicious as well. wish I could give this 6 stars! Highly recommended!Date published: 2013-09-02Rated 5 out of 5 by VTContainerGardener from So far so good! I frequently have cool springs, and I also container garden due to deer and lack of a place for a fenced garden. I started these indoors in mid-April in a warm room with grow lights. I got about 70% germination. I then put the plants outside May 1, in large containers under a popup greenhouse. I took the greenhouse off the first week of June, mainly because the plants were too big for the greenhouse. The plants are loaded with small beans, although the French Beans are a bit ahead of these. It's my first year with these and I will do them again, as they seem to be a great success. Traditionally we like to freeze a lot of beans for year long eating. I also planted the French Bean variety and Fortex Pole beans. We will see what produces the most! My container garden has Beananza and French Beans on the left, Super Sauce in the center and Cherry Tomatoes on the right, with herbs up on the rail.Date published: 2013-06-20Rated 4 out of 5 by bgrfarm from Great Green Bean I have been growing beananze for 3 years. This green bean is one of the best for pressure canning. They average 9 inches in length and stay tender. This past summer I canned 45 jars of beananza. I have found they do not grow well in dry hot summers as long as they are irrigated they will produce well.Date published: 2012-12-29Rated 5 out of 5 by DirtDauber from INCREDIBLE!!!! I am sorry that several growers had problems with this bean; perhaps it is the region they are in. I live in the South and have to say that I was absolutely thrilled with Beananza; I got near 100% germination and heavy yields, and everyone who has tasted these beans say they are the absolute best they've ever had. I cannot wait 'til spring to plant again!!!!Date published: 2012-12-24Rated 1 out of 5 by pghlady from Don't bother with these. These beans had extremely low germination. I would estimate it to be 50% or less. They did not produce well either. I would not buy these again and would recommend that you choose something else.Date published: 2012-09-03Rated 5 out of 5 by butterflygirl from Great Producer These beans produce very well for me in an Earthbox. I am getting more than my family can eat from 16 plants. They are very tender. I start them inside in peat sponges. Germination is better if I pull the sponges a little bit apart, otherwise, it seems that the bean has a difficult time sprouting. Germination rate for me is about 60-75%.Date published: 2012-06-03Rated 1 out of 5 by Peety from Bad year for Beananza I planted 1 and 1/2 rows of each "Beananza and Tenderpod" After a week the Tenderpod burst from the ground with its typical vigor. Several days later the few Beananza that were ever to germinate did so weakly. I am so used to near 100% germination from Burpee seeds that I only sowed single seeds at their expected final spacing. I waited 2 more weeks and replanted the remaining spaces in the bed with Tenderpod which once again germinated at near 100%. The bed is currently full as the second planting of Tenderpod quickly caught up to the original planting. I may try the remaining seeds of Beananza for a fall planting, but I must say I was quite disappointed by the Spring planting.Date published: 2012-05-16Rated 1 out of 5 by Hedge from Beananza Didn't come up. Had to buy more beaans from the local grocery store.Date published: 2012-05-09