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Bean, Blue Lake 47 Bush

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A very flavorful, stringless bean.

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We took the best qualities of Blue Lake 274 and made a bean with more flavor and tenderness. Blue Lake 47 is upright and has medium-thick pods that are plump, tasty and at their flavorful peak when 6" long. Pick them daily to enjoy a bountiful and extended harvest. No trellis or poles are required for this bush type bean.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.

Bush Snap

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

58 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

6 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

10 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

15-20 inches

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How to Sow

  • Because beans 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 bush 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 such as 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, when the pods start to dry on the plant.
  • 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.
Bush Snap
Days To Maturity
58 days
Fruit Size
6 inches
Full Sun
10 inches
15-20 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
6 inches
Bean, Blue Lake 47 Bush is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 27.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SUPER YIELD I planted these in 2016 and was totally satisfied with yield and size of beans. I planted 2 more successive rows, 2 weeks apart, and had beans all summer. I found that you can't rush the planting of beans. They need warm soil or they will rot in the ground and not germinate.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Germination I have grown Contenders, other Blue Lakes and several varieties of "Italian' bush beans for many years with great success. Planted these Blue Lake 47 in early May 2016 and again in mid August in 25 foot rows In the spring maybe 5 came up and in mid August when temps were in the mid 90's maybe 7 or 8 came up in the row. Will not buy this variety again. Never soak my beans before planting and have almost 100% germination rate with other varieties. I plant seeds every 3" or so and always have lots to thin out for proper spacing. Replanted Contenders in same rows as poor germinating 47's and they did great in the spring and fall.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from very spotty germination i planted 6 rows and ended up with about 18 plants total. replanted and nothing came up. This is the second year i have had poor production from blue lake bush beans. last year i purchased from another company and they grew but had sparse production and it was like they all came at once. I think next year I will try a different type of bean even though this was the one my mother and mother in law always used with great results. not sure if you want to post this review.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Germination I planted Blue Lake 47 last year and was very pleased with the results. I had a wonderful crop of tasty, delicious beans. This year I planted a new packet of Blue Lake 47 (organic) and which had very poor germination. Several weeks later I planted another row and had the same poor germination. Don't know if the "organic" made the difference, but I was very disappointed with this year's results. I may try another variety next year.
Date published: 2016-06-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't germinate I have been growing these beans for years and never had any issues before. This year, the first planting had one seed germinate in the entire row. I tried again with a second planting and three seeds germinated. I tried again using some seeds I had left from three years ago and most of them germinated.
Date published: 2016-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Abundant! Last growing season was the first time I attempted home gardening. I started with beans, tomatoes and other easily grown varieties. Living in Maryland, our weather is unpredictable and quickly changing. I planted 2 of these seeds in two rows, about 12 inches by 12 inches apart and they grew so quickly that I had beans in 30 days or so. After the beans appeared, I was blown away by how large, thick and full the pods were. Beautiful green color and they continued to produce throughout the fall. We got enough beans from one pack of seeds to cook nightly for 6 months!!! The taste was fantastic and it guaranteed I'll planting these again this season! A real winner in the northeast here!
Date published: 2016-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Instant results Seeds were promptly shipped and received. Planted them the next day and within 3 days they were already sprouting. Purchased them along with some Kale, lettuce, and Nantes Carrots and saw sprouts from all 4 seeds within a few days. Very good seeds and looking forward to the final product. ***Side Note*** This is my first attempt at "urban" gardening, and thus far I have seen positive results.
Date published: 2015-10-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed feelings I've only been gardening 3 years, so still not quite sure what is typical. But, year one, I had Blue Lake 47 and they germinated and produced VERY well!. At the end of that season (2013), when Burpee put seeds on sale, I ordered seven or eight pkts of Blue Lake. I also ordered some Tenderpod. In 2014, I had some serious health issues, and didn't end up planting any beans. Beginning 2015, I planted 3 containers (I use 36 gallon plastic storage totes with drainage holes added) of Blue Lake and had lovely plants, not much produce though. About a month later, I planted 2 more containers Blue Lake, got exactly 6 plants (out of an entire envelope of seeds), but those 6 did produce much better. A couple of weeks later, I uprooted the first plants, fertilized and planted three containers Blue Lake again. From that envelope of seeds, I didn't get even one plant. The next week, I had harvested all the peas I'd planted, so cleaned out and fertilized those three containers. Planted those with Tenderpod and was overwhelmed with how quickly those plants grew. So I did another three containers Blue Lake, and got better results. So, is it "normal" to have so much variation between pkts of seed? The beans I've gotten from Blue Lake are very tasty and nice sized...they are "beautiful" beans! Will I plant Blue Lake 47 again? Yes, but if I have issues with them in 2016, probably not after that. I hope my comments are helpful to someone.
Date published: 2015-09-27
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