Bean, Roma II Bush
Bush bean with a distinctive robust 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 Maturity53 daysFruit Size4-5 inchesSunFull SunSpread10 inchesHeight15-20 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin6 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Bean, Roma II Bush is rated out of 5 by 4.Rated 5 out of 5 by elshello from Tasty, productive, foolproof! I planted these on a whim after my peas were finished. I have never had a plant germinate, grow, and produce more quickly than this bean. Every seed germinated and grew well. I've had trouble with pests and disease on beans before, but no trace on these plants. They didn't even attract Japanese Beetles! Produced plenty of meaty beans that were easy to pick. Worked equally well in Italian and Asian recipes. I have so many frozen that I won't need to plant beans next summer. Highly recommended for the beginning/pest-challenged gardener.Date published: 2014-10-04Rated 5 out of 5 by Memx7 from Best beans ever! I grew 2 short rows of these beans this year and couldn't have been happier. Despite relentless rabbit problems and the fact that my community garden space always ends up surrounded by abandoned gardens where insects and disease run rampant, we had more than enough beans to enjoy at will and also plenty to freeze, and the taste is FABULOUS. These beans are always tender no matter how big they are when you pick them; I will never grow another varietyDate published: 2014-09-09Rated 5 out of 5 by Bishop from Wow! This bean is tops in all areas. Flavor, yield, and it is a heavy produces with no fiber. You can't go wrong with this one.Date published: 2006-10-20Rated 5 out of 5 by Bushwhacker Bob from Bush Bean Roma II My wife and I have a preference for the Italian Romano Pole Beans because of their robust flavor. We also plant the Bush Bean Roma II for the earlier crop and a second fall crop. This extends our bean season. Flavor of the Roma II is very similar to the Romano and that is the reason we grow the Roma II. At the time of this review, I am placing an order for both the Roma II and the Romano beans.Date published: 2006-02-21