Bean, Bush Heavyweight II
Delicious and productive.
Heavyweight II is the most productive bush bean we've ever met. The stocky super-producers are only 18" tall and produce huge handfuls of sweet tender pods fully maturing to 8" long. Disease-resistant.
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Order: 1 Pkt. (2 oz.)
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 Maturity53 daysFruit Size8 inchesSunFull SunSpread10 inchesHeight18 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin6 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Bean, Bush Heavyweight II is rated out of 5 by 24.Rated 5 out of 5 by ann121077 from best bush beans I've been using this beans several yrs now and it is always my best beans. This beans keep producing until frost. I always plant them later spring and I have fresh beans from my garden until frost. I do have too much beans that I freeze them and pickle and canned them. They are so delicious ! Super highly recommended.Date published: 2015-12-30Rated 5 out of 5 by RedBarron from Heavyweight II I first purched these seeds last Winter in Florida and created 2 plantings. Both germinated as expected . The yields were very strong and productsion lasted longer than expected.. Upon return to Northern MN, I planted 2 crops 4 weeks a part, and again germination was excellent. the second crop continued heavy production until we departed MN for Florida mid October. My new crop is out of the ground with every seed sprouting! The new seeds for 2012 and newer crops must be substancially better than earlier ones!! We are looking forward to garden green beens mid Feruary!Date published: 2013-12-21Rated 5 out of 5 by Auntnana from Unbelievable germination! I haven't put out a garden in a few years so this year I decided to go with raised beds. I picked up some of these seeds at Lowe's and I can say I am impressed with the germination. I planted them on Thrusday and on Sunday they had already sprouted! I have never had anything come up so fast. If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes I wouldn't have believed it. Every seed has sprouted. I bought extra packs to sow every 2-3 weeks to keep beans coming in all season long. I am glad I got those extra packs! I can't say anything as to flavor or actual bean production rates but they are off to a very good start.Date published: 2012-05-21Rated 1 out of 5 by Tumbleweed from Waste of money I was excited to grow these beans in my new garden but wasted a lot of space. Poor germination to put it mildly! The plants I did grow had issues with disease and very low production. Would not order these again. :(Date published: 2011-09-28Rated 1 out of 5 by UrbanFarmer from Worst seeds ever. I saw the reviews on here of the poor germination but I still liked the idea of the heavy yield so I purchased one pound of seed and thought i would give it a try. Boy those reviews were right on the money. It took half a pound of seed alot of replanting and headaches to get 2 15' rows growing. The beets came off and Igot them put up and decided to plant beans behind them. Out of this last half a pound I got maybe 10% germination sowing seed 1/2" apart with soil temp @77 degrees. what I did notice when I was planting is that these are very poor quality seed. Most of the seeds were cracked or still green. I planted a different variety of beans since my second planting didnt come up and got 95% germination. Dont waste your money on this product.Date published: 2011-07-28Rated 1 out of 5 by Peter from Poor Germination!! I planted about one ounce of seed and only four plants have resulted. I replanted another ounce of seed and got six plants. I then planted the nine remaining seeds indoors in a Burpee planter using Burpee seed starting soil. Two seeds germinated out of the nineunder ideal conditions. There is certainly something wrong with this seed. I want to give zero stars for a rating.Date published: 2011-07-01Rated 1 out of 5 by WesternGirl from Disappointed The sprout rate of these beans was less than 50%, even after planting twice. About half the plants that sprouted suddenly wilted around flowering time, and the few that went on to produce beans had skimpy yields. I am going back to local seeds.Date published: 2011-06-18Rated 1 out of 5 by AlouW from Updated Review Still not having good results with these beans . . . the few that did germinate aren't making well either. Perhaps its the extreme heat we're having . . . I probably will try a different variety next year. The upside is the plants are compact and do not attempt to outgrow the 18in label.Date published: 2010-07-01