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Bean, Bush, Big Kahuna

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An unstoppable harvest of crisp, flavorful, giant beans up to 11 inches.

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Bigger beans, bigger flavor. The winner for taste in Burpee's bean play-offs. You'll be astonished at Big Kahuna's crisp, nutty flavor, giant 11" pods and unstoppable productivity. Compact 2' tall plants work wonders in small-space gardens and containers.
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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.

Bush 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.

57 days

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

11 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.

24 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.
Bush Snap
Days To Maturity
57 days
Fruit Size
11 inches
Full Sun
18 inches
24 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
12 inches
Bean, Bush, Big Kahuna is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED this variety in the past! I've been growing this variety since its' introduction by Burpee and was VERY happy with Big Kahuna. It was novel to have such big beans that were still tender and tasty. For some reason, it almost seems like a different variety this year. Both yield and size have been disappointing. Maybe it's the weather...
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Our new favorite bean! We planted Big Kahuna and Burpee's Stringless.alongside our usual favorite bush bean, BlueLake274. The Burpee's Stringless was similar enough to the BlueLake274 that there's no real need to switch, since the BlueLake seeds can be found everywhere. Big Kahuna, on the other hand, produced plenty of green beans and they were quite yummy! They also provide "more bang for the buck" in that the pods grew twice as large as a normal green bean while remaining tender and yummy. That means you can either harvest at the "usual" size, or you can wait until they are bigger and there's less snapping to make a dinner. It also means that there's no rush to pick the green beans. BlueLake274 or BurpeeStringless will stop producing beans if you let even one bean get mature. You have to pick them as soon as they are ready, and sometimes that means daily picking. Big Kahuna can be picked at 6", or the next day at 7", or the next day at 8" and they all taste good. (Don't wait until 9" however. They do get a bit chewy when they get too large.)
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very very poor quality Almost nothing come out from all the seeds. Very very disappointed. And customer service is slow. Submitted tickets for two days but didn't hear anything. There are also other types of bean seeds I ordered. They all have the same problem.
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Bean I planted these outside in early spring and they sprout very fast! 3 - 5 days. The first crop of 10 plants gave me a large bowel of beans I picked at about 6". They had a good taste and I ended up eating most of them raw while watching TV over a few days. I had a few more beans grow on these plants about 3 weeks later. I also tried a 2nd and 3rd planting but did not do that well at all. Not sure if it was my not to great soil making the plants weak or the bugs chewing the leaves but they got diseased and I was lucky to get a handful of scrawny beans. I planted 3 in a pot and they met the same fate after a great start. This is only my 2nd year gardening so it's possible I am doing something wrong. I still have enough seeds for next year and will give these a try after improving my soil over the short Santa Monica winter. Loved the taste so I would say they are worth giving a try in your garden.
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kahuna Delight The info for your Big Kahuna Bush Beans enticed me to give them a try. My granddaughter and I planted these beans as an "extra"--just to see what they would be like, so they weren't the main bean crop. They will be at least half of that main crop next year! These beans met the description for being "crisp, flavorful, giant," but we did have 2 problems: 1) Letting them grow to their maturity--the temptation to pick them early was huge! AND 2) Getting them into the house to cook--they were delicious right off the vines. We will definitely be planting these Kahunas again...and more of them!
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok bean I'm not sure about this bean as this was not a "bean year" for me. However, it did grow nicely and put on quite a few beans. I picked them when they were a normal size as the few I let get big were not what I expect from a bean. I think I will stick to my favorite brands for the main crop. It is fun to experiment with one new variety each year. I won't buy this bean again.
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Truelly are big produced as advertised with huge beans. However if you let them get too long they get a little woody. Pick before they get 9 inches.
Date published: 2013-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from RAPID GROWTH This bean is a beast of a bush bean. Average sprout time is 3 days!! thick stem rapid growth, cant wait to harvest!
Date published: 2013-08-01
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