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Bean, Bush Heavyweight II

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Delicious and productive.

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

53 days

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

8 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.

18 inches

Sow Method 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.

Direct Sow

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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.
Days To Maturity
53 days
Fruit Size
8 inches
Full Sun
10 inches
18 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
6 inches
Life Cycle
Bean, Bush Heavyweight II is rated 3.2916666666666665 out of 5 by 24.
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2015-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2013-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2012-05-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by 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: 2011-09-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by 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: 2011-07-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by 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: 2011-07-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by 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: 2011-06-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by 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
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