Bean, Kentucky Wonder Pole
Pods are oval, thick, gently curved, meaty and tender. Stringless when young.
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 Maturity65 daysFruit Size7-9 inchesSunFull SunSpread18 inchesHeight6-9 feetSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin6 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Bean, Kentucky Wonder Pole is rated out of 5 by 19.Rated 5 out of 5 by jlghertner from Nothing better The real deal in pole beans. too short a review but I have nothing to addDate published: 2016-02-02Rated 5 out of 5 by BGarfield from Growing like wildfire! Very happy to receive these bean seeds in the mail. Planted then next to Ruby Queen corn and both are doing fantastic! The beans are out growing the corn. The corn are about a foot tall and the beans are about 3 feet tall. I'm very happy with the results.Date published: 2015-03-12Rated 5 out of 5 by INVT 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: 2014-09-21Rated 3 out of 5 by Zone6Guy 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: 2013-10-26Rated 4 out of 5 by dirtyhandsPA 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: 2013-07-06Rated 5 out of 5 by slim from HEAVY PRODUCER, GREAT TASTE LIKE THIS ONE , CANT HARDLY KEEP UP WITH ALL THESE BEANS.Date published: 2012-06-12Rated 1 out of 5 by Leland from Seeds did not germinate. Only 2 or 3 came upDate published: 2012-05-09Rated 5 out of 5 by mjragusa 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