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Bean, Bush, Blue Lake 274

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Plump, tender pods 5 to 6" long, with white seeds.

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Blue Lake 274 is an all-time favorite bean that's nearly fiber-free, produces prolifically over a long season and has excellent flavor, fresh or frozen. A heavy producer over a long season, it's excellent fresh or frozen. Plants yield early and need no support. One 2 oz. seed pack will sow a row of about 20'. Our seed is not treated.
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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.

5-6 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
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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
5-6 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 is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor germination. I have used burbee bush bean seeds for year's never a problem until last year and this season had my soil test done report came back as excellent soil and nutrients. So when i planted my 4 60 ft rows of bush 274 between them all i may have a 60 foot row of bean plant germination is simply horrible for the second year what is going on ive never had a problem growing beans check your stock to see if your not selling us old seen my friend has the same problem. We pay good money for your product and expect good seed pleas check your stock.
Date published: 2019-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Beans This is my second year for these Blue Lakes and they are terrific! Produces more than my family can eat. I have been harvesting every 3 days for about a month now and they are still going strong. Great mild flavor, require very little care. This year I planted one row using the Bean Booster and that row produced even more than the other plants. All of the seeds germinated with no problems. Love this bean!
Date published: 2019-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent flavor, crunch, and long harvest period I've been trying out different bean varieties over the last few years, one had great taste but needed harvesting every two days and we were sick of beans by the third harvest. Another variety everything matured at the same time so it was one huge harvest, and the taste was awful, with no crunch at all. The Blue Lake beans are my go-to bean. I planted two 30-ft rows of these, the first harvest was huge, about a grocery bag full, and they weren't ready for a second harvest until a week later, where I got about a 1/4 bag full. There's still some flowering, so I know these are going to be producing for quite some time. It gives us a chance to actually WANT green beans again, and again, and again.
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from easy to grow, nice yeild I bought the pound package last year, as these were the best variety we tried the previous year. I don't usually buy burpee seeds unless it is something unique locally, but buying the 1lb package has quite the value-especially when they are on sale. The produced plenty for the home, for the few people we know, also gave away about 50 lbs of fresh green beans to the homeless shelter. Very easy to grow, no fertilizers (nor inoculants) used, and pretty high yield-or at least I thought so. I don't follow the recommended planting and then thin to recommended space. Whatever the recommended space is is the distance between plants that I plant, and they have a high germination rate. Also planted them in double rows. I didn't harvest when they were tiny pods as I guess many people do, but when the pods were 6-9 inches. Caterpillars started finding them later in the year 8(, but that's life. They need to eat too, I guess. I should research what to grow to repel them. Purchased 2 lbs (and some other stuff) this year when they were BOGO , probably will only plant 1 lb again this year and plant the rest next year.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bean I bought one seed packet 3 years ago when starting my first raised bed garden. My garden is quite small and I practice the square foot method to try and get the maximum yield. I planted 16 Blue Lake Bush beans the first year; they produced enough for me to have regular stir fries and still keep some seeds over for the next year. I kept seeds and planted them last year and got the same results. The beans are nice raw, boiled, or in a stir fry. They are very dependable and hardy, I'm in zone 7. Last year I was able to grow a summer and fall crop with the same results. I have continued saving the seeds and planted them again this year. I have high expectations, for these plants have been one of the easiest to maintain and reliable plants in my garden. The only issue I've had was caterpillars getting to some of the pods before I could harvest them. I bought the product one time and as long as I continue saving seeds, I shouldn't need to buy another bean again unless I just choose to try a different variety. Very satisfied.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best green bean ever!! Best green beans I have ever grown! Plants are hearty, vigorous, and mostly bug free (good because I am chemical free). Plants produce very well, and beans are delicious raw or cooked! Freeze and can very well.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not good bought this plus several more vegetable seeds. I am very disappointed in the products. only seeds that grew was the spaghetti squash. the beans i think i got like half a pound or 1 pound which came to like 8 25 ft rows in my garden only half of 1 25 ft row grew.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite I rotate these to different spots each year, and each year they continue to produce large quantities of a superb bean. Never disappointed in these.
Date published: 2016-09-15
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