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Bean, Kentucky Wonder Pole

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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.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.

Pole Snap

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.

7-9 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.

18 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

72-108 inches

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  • Beans

    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    S S Succession Planting This means that the plants have multiple harvests in a season
    First Date: May-16 - Last Date: Jun-13

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.
Pole Snap
Days To Maturity
65 days
Fruit Size
7-9 inches
Full Sun
18 inches
72-108 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
6 inches
Bean, Kentucky Wonder Pole is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 25.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Heirloom Bean! These Kentucky Wonder pole beans are like my father and grandfather grew 50 to 75 years ago! They are prolific plants with many beans on each. Beans are easy to pull off plants and taste like the old days. I had poled on Indian corn and sweet corn, but next year would pole differently. Unfortunately, We had a lot of rain this year and beans did not do well under high humidity. Just one of those years!
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good taste but pick early This is a very nice producing bean. I did a 6 ft fence structure, and they outgrew it by 2 or 3 feet. They produced really well until frost, but you must pick them early, in my opinion. If you don't you'll get strings galore. These are heavy strings too, and snapping and destringing won't get them all. I probably won't grow them again. I'll try Fortex next year.
Date published: 2013-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beanless In Pennsylvania I have had great harvests with bush beans so I thought I'd give the Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans a try. They are eight feet tall, healthy looking BUT not one single bean, nope not one. I sowed them May 3rd, it is now July 6th so I would think I would see something that resembles a bean. Maybe I received a sterile pack ? I gave it a 4 star rating because I am sure this is not typical just disappointing.
Date published: 2013-07-06
Date published: 2012-06-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Seeds did not germinate. Only 2 or 3 came up
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from compact and prolific growing plant! I only planted 8 seeds, just to try out this been. Thankfully, I only planted 8 seeds! These plants have been non-stop with the pods. Freezes well. Bean pods are much longer than I expected. Taste great, too.
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heavy Producer Usually I grow bush type green beans, but this year I thought I would try these with the bean tower. Wow! I cannot keep up! I am out there every day now picking and have had to freeze all the excess. I definitely recommend these!
Date published: 2011-07-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed Granted, it's still a little early in the season to count these guys out. But mine have been in the ground for nearly 60 days, and are little more than 6" tall. They are dark green, appear healthy, in plenty of sun with a mulched, fertile soil.... and they've just failed to grow. I don't know what to expect over the rest of the season, but I was definitely planning on harvesting these soon, at this rate I think I'll be lucky to get ANY beans :( And all that trouble I went to in making the support, it's quite sad.
Date published: 2011-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best producer in years I have grown many varieties of beans in the past years, however, this is by far the most prolific and the tastiest bean yet. Some of my vines grew up to 10 feet tall and every few days I collected hundreds of beans from my 60 poles . The beans are best when abt. 5 inches long, as they do not develope a tough string by this point. I would highly reccomend this variety to any avid gardener.
Date published: 2010-03-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not impressed Everything in my garden was exceptional this year, but these beans just never took off. They germinated well, climbed up a nice wattle I had made for them, and then once they got a couple feet off the ground everything just stopped. They didn't die, they just stopped growing and never flowered. This is my first attempt at growing green beans in Wyoming, and it was an unseasonably moist & cool summer, but if my tomatoes are doing great then I would think an easy plant like beans would do good as well.
Date published: 2009-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE PERFECT BEAN This is the first year that I planted this type of bean and I am totally shocked. The vines right now are about 12 feet high!, There are tons and tons of massive pods!, and they taste great. You should definitely try these. Just as a tip - the thinner your poles, the better your beans climb.
Date published: 2009-08-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Would Not Grow Again I planted a 15 foot row of these beans, they flowered, made a lot of beans and then just quit flowering as much and never really grew enough beans to mater. I would not grow these again.
Date published: 2009-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Dang Bean There Is! I started off late for planting, but these sprung up quick, grew fast and delivered far beyond what I ever thought. I sure will be buying more. A strong plant, these, and a great taster too.
Date published: 2008-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reliable Producer This is an exceptionally productive bean. Fast and dependable germination and growth. It was difficult for me to keep up with the productivity of just 30 row feet. Great, old-fashion bean taste. Cans or freezes well. Pick young or deal with lots of strings.
Date published: 2008-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy picking, great lasting flavor So easy to grow, even on a fence. Canning and freezing quality is great.
Date published: 2007-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent bean I was away for most of the summer and did not get these planted until early July; it was my first time trying these beans. I still got a tremendous yield and the flavor was fantastic. They produced until late September (in New Hampshire) and I was pleasantly surprised.
Date published: 2007-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good performer produced a large crop and tasted good. Must pick early to be stringless
Date published: 2007-01-26
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