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A very flavorful, stringless bean.
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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Days To Maturity
The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.
The average size of the fruit produced by this product.
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.
The width of the plant at maturity.
The typical height of this product at maturity.
Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
Start Indoors Fall
Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
Start Outdoors Fall
Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
This means that the plants have multiple harvests in a season
First Date: May-16 - Last Date: Jun-13
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.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
Bean, Blue Lake 47 Bush is rated
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Rated 2 out of
Great Bean but very poor germinationplanted 2 years in a row with maybe a fifteen percent germination rate. My big kahuna variety germinated at a ninety per cent rate in adjoining row.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 4 out of
Lovely producer, but tough to startThe first few seeds I planted didn't germinate. I finally got one plant growing, and it has been a nice producer. I really wish more had grown, because these beans are delicious! And the plants are nice and compact in my raised bed garden, where other plants are aggressively hogging all the space!
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of
Excellent yieldAll of the seeds produced very well. I bought 1/2 pound of seeds and all came up, best I can tell. We planted them in a small raised bed about 2' X 3'. My wife has picked and blanched 3 servings for us 2 people so far and there are still some ready to pick here in mid-July. Next year we will plant as many as we can.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 2 out of
Poor germinationI have planted rows twice with literally ZERO seed germination. 20 plants and nothing. Will try soaking and planting any sprouts but pretty disappointed as it's now Mid-June and I have no sprouts... wish me luck!
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 1 out of
Disappointed in theseI purchased these beans from the website a few months ago. I followed the directions and planted a whole row.( After the last frost) . Not 1 single sprout. I am going to try one more time. I planted other row today, with what I had left over. We'll see how it goes this time. Not pleased so far, but I also don't want to waste them.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of
SUPER YIELDI 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
Poor GerminationI 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
unhappy planter from
very spotty germinationi 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.