Bean, Rattlesnake Snap
Whether harvested fresh or dried, these beans are full of great heirloom flavor.
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 Maturity60-90 daysFruit Size8 inchesSunFull SunSpread12-18 inchesHeight8-10 feetSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin12 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Bean, Rattlesnake Snap is rated out of 5 by 7.Rated 5 out of 5 by BuzzarsRoost from Awesome Bean We have clay soil and I was very worried anything would grow the first year. But with just a bit of work we dog a line added a bit of potting soil and planted the rattle snake beans also bush beans and pole beans . Well the bush and pole were a fail, but though a hot summer a lot of weird weather this year and no water to speak of this fall so far the rattle snake beans just kept giving and giving. It is now Oct. 23rd and I have to pick them again they just go on and on I'm not complaining because they also taste awesome will be planting much more next year these beans are a big winner, so is Burpee seedsDate published: 2015-10-23Rated 5 out of 5 by okdeb from Favorite for Flavor and Productivity I first grew this bean several years ago in earthboxes with makeshift trellises. It was the first time I'd grown this bean so I didn't realize how long the vines get. My vines climbed the trellises, back down the other sides and created a thick mass of vines. They stopped producing during the extreme heat, but started up again when the temperatures cooled down a bit. These beans are easier to spot for picking because of the streaks and they don't develop strings unless they grow quite large. We love the flavor and I really like the beautiful purple blossoms. They are very productive too and the vines end up being at least 10 to 12 feet long. This year I planted them on cane pole teepees in an area I had to fence to keep the rabbits from chewing off the young plants. Many of the seeds I planted didn't germinate, but I'm still getting a LOT of beans from the few that did. We're in northeastern OK, so the heat is often extreme. This year I had to plant beans 3 times before I got some established because we had a lot of rain early in the season. Too much rain combined with our clay soil meant the seeds rotted instead of germinating. The second time I planted, a few beans did germinate, but were quickly chewed off by rabbits. After turning the area over again and fencing it, I finally got some plants established. In previous years, I've canned my green beans in pint jars, but this year I'm freezing them. I did a little research and discovered that blanching isn't critical, especially if your beans are grown naturally without chemicals. I still wash them and spread them out to dry to avoid ice crystals, but not blanching first saves a ton of time and work. I put mine into quart size zipper bags, filling them about 3/4 full and then insert a straw to suck most of the air out before completely closing the bag. I then pack several quart bags into a gallon ziplock bag before storing in the freezer. This year I also planted some greasy beans for the first time. They've turned out to be excellent too, but they have strings so they're a little more work. I still plan to grow Rattlesnake beans going forward, even though I'll try various other beans. No matter how many different varieties I try, I expect Rattlesnake to remain a constant in my garden plan. Because it was so late in the season before I got mine producing, I'm not sure I'll have time to let some mature for seed saving. I haven't tried them as a dry bean yet, but hope to in the future.Date published: 2015-09-09Rated 5 out of 5 by artist07 from You won't be disappointed! These beans do not disappoint. They are delicious raw or cooked and they are still producing in late October. Be sure to have good support for the plants because they are healthy, abundant growers.Date published: 2014-10-22Rated 5 out of 5 by Monosbeast from Wonderful Beans!! We live in town, and our garden size is small, so we were looking for ways to maximize our space. Not having any experience with pole beans, we did some research online, and found several varieties of them. The name caught my eye, my wife agreed, and we thought we would try some. We have not tried anything else. For the last 3-4 years this is what we buy for beans in our garden. The taste is wonderful, they grow on pretty much anything, and they continue to produce beans well into fall. Our garden is fenced in with a woven wire fence, about 4 foot tall, and we plant the seeds around the edge of the fence, leaving all the room in the garden for the rest of the veggies. I recommend these to all our friends, and they enjoy them as much as we do. The purple stripes make them easy to see when picking, so you get fewer beans that are over sized from being missed at picking time.Date published: 2014-05-11Rated 5 out of 5 by goosemomma from Beautiful Bean This bean is both beautiful and tasty. These beans are robust tall climbers and eagerly wrap around the trellis netting and stretch for the sun. Once the sprouts start reaching for something to grab, gently guide them to where you want them to attach to the pole/netting. I have 8 ft poles with trellis netting and they easily exceeded the height. You can see the daily growth while they are reaching maturity. The flowers are a beautiful pink and attracted the big fuzzy bumble bees. It's wonderful to watch Mother Nature at work. I had thinned them to about 12 inches apart and was worried they would be sparse, but they filled in great, The instructions are to thin to 4-6". If all your beans take off, you would need to make sure your trellis & netting are very secure or they will overwhelm it. This one is certainly one of my favorites because it is so pretty.Date published: 2013-07-23Rated 5 out of 5 by brikl from Great bean! We've grown these several times and love them. They look a little strange but the stripes do disappear when cooked. They grow great in dry weather and taste very good. They're incredibly prolific, too.Date published: 2013-06-22Rated 5 out of 5 by Carpetbagger1 from Must try! I learned about rattlesnake beans after doing research online for the most flavorful pole beans. These things are amazing. I tend to eat them straight off the vine when in the garden. They are much tastier than many of the standard green pole beans out there. The purple markings disappear when you cook them. The stripes also provide a neat look for pickled beans. Try these. You won't be disappointed.Date published: 2012-03-04