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Bean, Kentucky Blue Pole

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You get big crops of sweet and always stringless pods.

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Kentucky Blue is an All-America Selections winner that combines the excellence of the all-time greatest pole beans: Kentucky Wonder and Blue Lake. You get big crops of sweet and always stringless pods, straight and 7" long. A heavy yielder for many weeks. Pole beans yield much longer than bush beans, right up to frost. Plant 4-6" apart at the base of poles, trellis, a fence or our Bean Tower. A 2 oz. seed pack will plant a row of about 20 ft. or 10-16 poles.
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Product properties

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

65 days

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

7 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.

18 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

72-108 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 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
65 days
Fruit Size
7 inches
Full Sun
18 inches
72-108 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
6 inches
Life Cycle
Bean, Kentucky Blue Pole is rated 3.4828 out of 5 by 29.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW BEANS! Best beans I've ever planted. I couldn't believe how prolific these beans were! They tasted great and kept coming for months. All but the first picking did have strings, but it has been very hot and dry here. I will definitely order again!
Date published: 2015-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So. Many. Beans. My pole beans started really producing about 3 weeks ago and every day I have to go out and pick beans because there are so many! I have about 200 beans so far and I don't know what to do with them all. Very sweet, easy to pick, and they grow great. I highly recommend these. I will be growing this again, and again.
Date published: 2015-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bumper bean crop This is the first time I've planted pole beans...rabbits ate my bush beans last year prior to flowering. What a surprise! I had a late planting due to terrible wet weather, so I wasn't sure what would transpire. I was picking beans for several weeks -- the plants branched over 12 FEET high, onto a neighboring willow bush. I had to stand on tiptoe on an eight-foot ladder to reach all of them! Very tender, stringless, and even lasted for 1 week in the fridge prior to steaming. Will be doing this variety again!
Date published: 2014-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mega crop I have three six foot rows of these beans and have picked bushels of them, after canning 14 quarts and eating them at least every other day all season I began passing them out to friends and neighbors. Everyone is amazed at the size of the beans, so straight and 7-8 inches long. I picked a half bushel yesterday and if we don't have frost I will be picking again. I will definetly be ordering these again next year.
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Beans! I originally planted these to just cover a old, small windmill tower, but the beans are delicious and have produced for weeks and weeks. I will plant these again next year.
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Pole beans! I purchased the Kentucky Blue pole beans and planted them on this wood stick device I made. The beans were so tasty. The beans grew so big. I got about 10lbs off the vines and froze them. This was my 1st time planting beans. what an amazing experience Burpee provided me with. thanks
Date published: 2014-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bean Have grown for years standard bush type green beans. However, this year after acquiring a "windmill tower" decided to grown a pole type bean. Purchased your Kentucky Wonder bean and as the picture showes, great results. Tower is 10' tall and about 4 more feet of bean shoots floped over the top. Have canned, eaten and given away more beans than I knew what to do with. Great flavor and best of all no sore back picking beans. PS: Had to use step ladder to get to the top beans. Thanks Mike Waterloo, Iowa
Date published: 2014-08-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed I have grown many green beans for many years and these are, by far, the least satisfactory. They are stringy, lumpy, and not very tasty - nothing like the description in the catalog. I will not purchase these again.
Date published: 2013-09-17
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