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Bean, Kentucky Wonder Organic

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Pods are oval, thick, gently curved, meaty and tender. Stringless when young.

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HEIRLOOM. Kentucky Wonder is a brown-seeded bean noted for its exceptional flavor and its heavy crops of 9" green pods, borne in clusters. Pods are oval, thick, gently curved, meaty and tender, and they're stringless when young. It's been proven tops for productivity, flavor and wide adaptability; it's delicious fresh, frozen or dried for shell beans. 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. Certified Organic Seed.
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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.

65 days

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

9 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.

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 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
65 days
Fruit Size
9 inches
Full Sun
10 inches
72-108 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
6 inches
Life Cycle
Bean, Kentucky Wonder Organic is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good! Super yield! These are superb producers. I have found myself picking handfuls every few days off of 8 plants. If you pick them you will have a nonstop supply. It's hard to believe how fast they grow once they bloom. As for taste and consistency - as the description said - they are stringless, when young. The moment they get a larger size they have a very distinct string. Pick when young, likely even before you would think you should. The beans when small are very tender and not "waxy" but - they have to be picked young. Overall I'd say they are best if you are likely canning. I like to steam my beans and I find overall they are a bit waxy when steaming. Planted some other types of pole and bush beans a month later and will have reviews for them when they come in. Overall I do think this is a bean to have. The key is to pick young.
Date published: 2015-03-16
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