Bean, Bush, Big Kahuna
An unstoppable harvest of crisp, flavorful, giant beans up to 11 inches.
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 Maturity57 daysFruit Size11 inchesSunFull SunSpread18 inchesHeight2 feetSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin12 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Bean, Bush, Big Kahuna is rated out of 5 by 9.Rated 4 out of 5 by GrowningUp from Pretty Good Bean I planted these outside in early spring and they sprout very fast! 3 - 5 days. The first crop of 10 plants gave me a large bowel of beans I picked at about 6". They had a good taste and I ended up eating most of them raw while watching TV over a few days. I had a few more beans grow on these plants about 3 weeks later. I also tried a 2nd and 3rd planting but did not do that well at all. Not sure if it was my not to great soil making the plants weak or the bugs chewing the leaves but they got diseased and I was lucky to get a handful of scrawny beans. I planted 3 in a pot and they met the same fate after a great start. This is only my 2nd year gardening so it's possible I am doing something wrong. I still have enough seeds for next year and will give these a try after improving my soil over the short Santa Monica winter. Loved the taste so I would say they are worth giving a try in your garden.Date published: 2014-11-05Rated 5 out of 5 by MtnNoma from Kahuna Delight The info for your Big Kahuna Bush Beans enticed me to give them a try. My granddaughter and I planted these beans as an "extra"--just to see what they would be like, so they weren't the main bean crop. They will be at least half of that main crop next year! These beans met the description for being "crisp, flavorful, giant," but we did have 2 problems: 1) Letting them grow to their maturity--the temptation to pick them early was huge! AND 2) Getting them into the house to cook--they were delicious right off the vines. We will definitely be planting these Kahunas again...and more of them!Date published: 2014-09-21Rated 2 out of 5 by RoxieR from Ok bean I'm not sure about this bean as this was not a "bean year" for me. However, it did grow nicely and put on quite a few beans. I picked them when they were a normal size as the few I let get big were not what I expect from a bean. I think I will stick to my favorite brands for the main crop. It is fun to experiment with one new variety each year. I won't buy this bean again.Date published: 2014-09-17Rated 4 out of 5 by steveph from Truelly are big produced as advertised with huge beans. However if you let them get too long they get a little woody. Pick before they get 9 inches.Date published: 2013-08-22Rated 5 out of 5 by chuckles from RAPID GROWTH This bean is a beast of a bush bean. Average sprout time is 3 days!! thick stem rapid growth, cant wait to harvest!Date published: 2013-08-01Rated 5 out of 5 by northwoods from The Big Kahuna Strong, very productive plants with large, tender green beans! I planted another green bean, and a wax bean...Big Kahuna is # 1 of the 3 different beans.Date published: 2012-07-23Rated 4 out of 5 by Cinnyd from Big is right. Very productive bush bean with giant beans. Seemed to be able to stand the desert sun and hot temperatures. Excellent flavor and stringless.Date published: 2012-06-11Rated 4 out of 5 by Sunny4Daize from Rapid growing Bush Bean Sprouted quickly, within 5 days! Can't wait to harvest.Date published: 2012-05-21