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Bean, Bush, Gold Mine

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Ultra-sweet wax bean.

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Gold Mine produces very high yields of crisp, ultra-sweet wax beans that are borne on compact and unusually upright plants. The beans grow together in clusters that make harvest a snap. Beans are 5-5 1/2" long. Plants yield early and need no support. One 2 oz. seed pack will sow a row of about 20 ft. 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 Yellow

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

55 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 Yellow
Days To Maturity
55 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, Gold Mine is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 25.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a producer !! It's late August and these Gold Mine Beans are still producing like it's the middle of summer. Easy germination, quick growth and the yield is the best yellow bean I've grown. I sprayed early in the season with Neem and after three harvests of this bean I figured it was done for the year and stopped spraying but the pic below shows the plants are still producing nice long and clean beans. The Japanese beetles really did some damage to the leaves but the plants took it in stride and it didn't seem to affect the output. Such a great bean, recommend this one..... just be sure the soil is warm when direct sowing in the spring.
Date published: 2019-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding producer If you wait until the soil is warm, you'll get 100% germination. In cool, wet soil, you'll get poor germination. So wait! This bean has superb flavor, is completely stringless and will produce heavily as long as you keep it picked fairly often.. Mine usually produce non-stop well into September.
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love these! I have been growing these for a couple of years. I eat them as I pick them. If you pick them every other day you will continue to pick them all summer long. The flavor is excellent. Sweet tender pods that even my picky kid eats raw! I did have issues with all of my beans last year between the early season weather and putting to much peat in to the garden where the beans went in. My blue lakes had to be replanted 3 separate times. The contenders twice but this was the only variety I only had to plant once, They came up strong from the beginning and were producing when the blue lakes were just coming up.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Long harvest, heavy producer This bean had good germination rate and produced healthy vigorous plants that were loaded with tastY beans. I picked every 3 days from a small 4x4 patch and despite having eaten sone for dinner I was still able to blanch and freeze some for the winter. I would have rated this higher except while germination was good it took these plants a while to mature...not the recommended 45 days till 1st harvest. This was a bit of a problem bc I usually do successive plantings and it threw off my planting schedule.
Date published: 2016-08-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Had high hopes Maybe just a bad batch. Although I did get 4 seeds to germinate, did not have luck with these. Thought it might be my garden dirt, so tried to start in peat pots, not one germinated. Purchased a different pack of green beans from Walmart also Burpee and everyone germinated in the garden, right next to the 4 Gold Mine plants.
Date published: 2016-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Taste and Yield Last year I attempted growing these beans in my inherited community plot, and the plants were totally barren and of poor stature. I decided to give them another try this year and boy was I glad I did. Plant height is short for a bean, but the yields are very high for the short height. I was able to get these in the ground in late February, and a little over 2 months later the plants are loaded with more on the way. The flavor is silky smooth and buttery, and they are delicate yet flavorful enough for me. These will be a permanent garden staple for future seasons.
Date published: 2015-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Producer! Growing Gold mine green beans is so easy. The taste is remarkable and they produce to quickly. A lot of beans for just one plant so picking and freezing is the best way to preserve them for throughout the winter months. Definitely a family favorite!
Date published: 2014-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb and productive I didn't grow these this year due to space limitations and a desire to try some other heirloom varieties, but these remain my all time favorite and I will grow lots of them next year and start canning them. They have a terrific, buttery flavor and produce scads of beans with an extended harvest. Best of all they are easy to see when picking them because of their golden yellow color. Two years ago I planted these in a low hoop house over a raised bed on November 30. I know, nuts, right? But I placed gallon milk jugs full of water inside and the beans grew beautifully all winter long, with highs in my mini greenhouse usually in the 70's. They didn't flower and produce beans in the winter because of insufficient daylight but when days got longer I took the plastic cover off I harvested tasty Gold Mine beans from early March (when everyone else was just thinking about planting them) until late July. I'm going to plant beans as a winter crop again this year and see if I can get away with it again. 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, but these Gold Mine bean have earned a permanent spot in my garden.
Date published: 2014-08-15
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