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.
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.
This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.
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 Maturity
After Last Frost
Bean, Blue Lake 47 Bush is rated
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Rated 5 out of
Roy C 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
Instant resultsSeeds 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
Mixed feelingsI'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
Rated 5 out of
YUM!Profuse producers of tasty, tender beans. Great choice for a small space.
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 1 out of
Poor Germination with Blue Lake 47.Planted four rows of Blue Lake 47 this spring and had a very poor germination rate on all four rows. I planted two rows of the Triomphe de Farcy Bush bean at the same time and had extremely good germination. I have never had such a poor germination rate on a bush bean before.
Date published: 2015-06-24
Rated 5 out of
Excellent ProducerGrew the Blue Lake 47s for our first garden year. Had about 95% germination within a week and had a yield of 25 lbs out of 18 row-feet. Excellent flavor and the texture was pleasant.
Date published: 2015-02-01
Rated 4 out of
Excellent Bush BeanThe blue lake 47 bush bean has a very high germination rate. The plants grow quickly, produce a good amount of beans and can be crowded together without many drawbacks. I plant about 50 of these plants in a 4x8 foot raised garden and ended up with about 30 cans of beans that were vacuum sealed and put in the freezer. They lasted well into the winter and I planted more this year with the same results. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of
Abundant beansI planted Blue Lake beans this year as I knew they were reliable, and they have produced very well. The beans are tender and delicious and don't get fuzzy even if they are on the vine an extra day or 2.. Even in an unusually rainy summer the plants did not rot and we have had plenty of beans for 2 months now. It's September and I'm still picking beans and freezing them for the winter.