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Bean, Bush, Blue Lake 274 Organic

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Plump, tender pods with white seeds.

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These plump, tender 6 1/2" long pods have excellent flavor and texture, fresh or canned. Plants produce heavily and over a long season. We searched the world to find the best organic seed-Burpee fully guarantees that not a drop of synthetic chemicals was used to make these excellent seeds. Certified Organic Seed.
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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.

58 days

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

6 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.

10 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

15-20 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
58 days
Fruit Size
6 inches
Full Sun
10 inches
15-20 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
6 inches
Bean, Bush, Blue Lake 274 Organic is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent taste I've been growing in raised beds for years, but these are the first green beans which have produced for me. The taste was amazing. I've had two rounds of picking thus far. If I had more sun, I'm sure there would be tons more. I've included a picture of the first picking cooked with new potatoes from the farmers market. Couldn't be better!
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Extremely poor germination I bought these months ago and planted after the last frost. I followed directions on packet, and kept planting areas moist (2 seeds per 8 holes)...and nothing! I even kept watering and waited for approximately 3 weeks. Then I tried again, but used a polyethylene grow tunnel, hoping that the added warmth and humidity would help, but...nothing! I've planted bush bean seeds both direct sow and in containers in the past, and they are usually easy to grow, even germinating within one week's time. I really wanted a stringless organic option for my garden, but it appears this particular breed or strain is money and time wasted...0/32 seeds have germinated. I was on the verge of giving the last plantings another week, until my husband gave me the stink eye...Now after a little over a month wasted, I will be getting what I wanted via mail order.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed these were bush beans It says so clearly in the title, but for some reason I thought these were POLE beans and not BUSH beans. I didn't put the correct supports in the ground, so they have mainly hung out 6" tall and have been shy producers. I know in my garden not to expect much from the beans until the end of August. Slugs ate the original growth spurt in July, and since then it has been very hot and dry. These are ok but would prefer Blue Lake pole beans over bush beans, which are far better producers and have straighter beans since they don't touch the ground. I have had success with applying milky spore disease to the ground around my garden, which deters the Japanese beetles that have wiped out crops in the past.
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Productive and tasty in the desert Blue Lake 274 is highly productive and has great flavor. From a single, eight foot row in my raised bed garden I've harvested more than two pounds of beans so far, and it's only August 14. It, along with Contender, is rapidly becoming my favorite green beans. Kingman, AZ gets less than 8" rainfall per year, sits at 3500' and summertime highs are mostly above 100 with 109 or higher not uncommon. This is far from ideal bean growing circumstances and these Blue Lake 274's have done great and have earned a permanent spot in my garden. Next year I'll plant more and start canning them.
Date published: 2014-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Tasty to Me and Slugs Slugs ate my first crop of these and I had to re-seed,once the new ones got established they grew a little over a foot tall and wide, these could do with a little support. The beans did grow six inches long and tasted good raw or cooked. I just wish I grew enough to can.
Date published: 2012-02-08
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