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Bean, Asparagus Yardlong

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HEIRLOOM. Very vigorous, climbing vines that are easy to grow.

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Asparagus Yardlong bears loads of slender, very long pods that are best picked when less than 18 in. long. It has a delicious, nutty flavor steamed, stir-fried or sauteed. It's easy to grow and has no serious pests or diseases. GARDEN HINTS: Do not work around plants when wet. Keep beans picked for continuous bearing; shell mature pods and use as dried beans.
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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 Asparagus

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

80 days

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

12 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.

60-108 inches

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Growing Pole and Bush Beans
Growing Pole and Bush Beans
Beans are one of the easiest summer crops you can grow. We show you how to grow your own.
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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 1 inch 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 6 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 Asparagus
Days To Maturity
80 days
Fruit Size
12 inches
Full Sun
18 inches
60-108 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
6 inches
Bean, Asparagus Yardlong is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MMMMMmmmmmMMmmMmm These are the best tasting green bean by far, no others are close!
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from VERY long I was impressed with the size of each bean, but did not care for the texture when I tried to snap them. was not impressed with the overall bean.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grow them every year! I got a pack of these for Christmas several years ago and I fell in love with them when I took the first bite. They need a sturdy trellis as they get much heavier than normal pole beans, but they will put out more beans every time you harvest. These are super easy to grow and so much fun to see people's reaction when you hand them a 12 inch green bean.
Date published: 2016-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Bean! This is the first time I've planted the asparagus bean but certainly won't be the last! These things are amazing! I planted these using my cattle panel "trellis" and then planted a couple of other "trellises" with other varieties of pole beans. These have far surpassed any bean I have planted in the past with a much earlier crop than the purple king and Kentucky pole bean. The asparagus bean kept producing all through the hot dry summer we had here and now it's October 23 and I picked another bunch yesterday! My husband's co-workers were very excited about these beans and used them in a variety of different ways... from fresh in salads to stir-fries. These have a fresh light flavor (to me, anyway) but I have cooked them like I do green beans and they taste great.
Date published: 2014-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular Yardlong Beans!! I have grown several different varieties of pole beans over the years but I wanted to try the yardlong beans after my mom reminisced about my grandparents growing them many, many years ago. I was not disappointed! These beans were outstanding and produced plenty of beans to keep my family of five (and a few neighbors) happily eating beans all summer long. They grew hardy and strong and yielded an exceptional harvest! I will definitely be growing these again year after year.
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never=Ending Wonder This is the third year that we have planted Burpee Asparagus Yardlong green beans. We prefer their taste and texture to other green beans. The beans are planted in two rows 11 feet long each, supported by trellises. Because this crop is so prolific, we have been handing out fistfuls of the beans to neighbors passing by. My husband decided that, this year, he would measure the beans, end to end, to see exactly how much we are actually harvesting from these two rows. The count this season, with just a few stragglers left on the vines, is 1,239 feet! What champions these beans are! We have passed on seeds to our dentist, who has had no luck with other beans, and he is so enamored that he has passed some on to his barber. And so on and so on. One word of caution...pick every other day. The beans go quickly from lean and tender to "puffy,"
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Early and prolific I planted only two poles of these beans last summer, figuring they might yield a small late crop. To my surprise, I began picking them in late-July, despite a miserable month of rain (14 inches in my rain gauge) in June, and the harvest continued well into September. For several weeks, they were the only beans I was harvesting in my garden. Note: It is important to twist the beans off carefully, as the vines will reflower from the same location repeatedly as long as you don't damage the buds. One more hint: plant these beans separately--meaning on well-situated separate pole--from regular pole beans--they need a lot of light and won't appreciate being shaded out. They actually will store in your crisper without any trouble for several days, but they do go off quicker than regular beans.
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite Vegetable to Grow I have been planting these beans for several years in my organic vegetable garden. They have been prolific producers despite recordbreaking heat in North Texas. I bought two metal trellis and staked them about eight feet apart. Then, I draped a nylon webbed trellis netting across. During the hot Texas summer, the beans create enough shade that allow many of my plants survive the 100 degree sun. I have been amazed that these beans produce from spring to late fall. I keep them picked, and have even used them as compost when I got move than 20 pounds a week. They grown well when I plant cucumbers side by side. When picked young, they remind me of expensive French hericot vert beans. Let them grown 1 to 2 feet long, and they are great when steamed with small pototates and sweet onions (add butter and lemon juice when you serve them)
Date published: 2013-02-10
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