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Bean, Bush, Tenderpod

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Stays tender and stringless even when fully mature.

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HEIRLOOM. This 1941 All-America Selections winner remains a customer favorite. Why? Because the beans stay tender, stringless and ever so tasty when fully mature. Bush bean pods are 4 1/2 - 5 1/2" long, thick and round in cross section, with distinctive curved tips. Superb as a dried shell bean.
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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.

50 days

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

4-6 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
50 days
Fruit Size
4-6 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, Tenderpod is rated 2.4 out of 5 by 56.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from bad results Busted. I have never experienced such bad results from a bush bean in the 45 yrs. I have been gardening. This year, Tenderpod BUSH bean VINED, only half of the beans were round, which were sweet and good, but the other half were FLAT,(not round) STRINGY, BITTER and so tough I couldn't chew it. Half are about 1.5" long, the rest were about 2-3" long, much shorter than the inches stated on the packet. SOOOO disappointed. Will NOT BUY THIS AGAIN. I will be buying a different brand. I don't trust Burpee anymore. I depend on my garden. Can't let this happen again.
Date published: 2019-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very productive I have used these for the last four years. They are productive and very tasty. This year we had a lot of rain but I still got my first beans on July 4 and my last on Sep 24.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Beans First year growing these. Delicious at any size. Seem to be productive. I will grow them next year.
Date published: 2016-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True to its name! This is the only variety of green bean I buy because it's tenderness is so superior. I have grown it each summer for 20 years.
Date published: 2016-03-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Vining I find the comments regarding the vining interesting. Began purchasing these beans in the mid 70's and used them exclusively. A few years ago our beans vined as well. Never had before. It would seem they are either Tenderpod or they are not. Because of space constraints this year, I'm planting a French bush bean. But when it comes time to can--will likely try something else. I know others who have had success with the Blue Lake variety, but I have never found anything that compared favorably to the Tenderpod. Used to be the absolute best bean on the planet!
Date published: 2016-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WIll plant again! I was amazed at this variety of beans. They were prolific and delicious all season long! Grew amazingly well despite the heat and not stringy! I canned a lot of them. Will plant again. I like the compact bushes. I do not soak the seeds before planting. No problem with excellent germination.
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from YUMMY!!! This is my first year planting Tenderpod, so I have nothing to compare it to. I see all the other reviews have been very negative, and just HAD to let y'all know that I've been SOOOOOOOO impressed with these beans!!! Having had issues with Blue Lake, I switched mid-season to Tenderpod. These plants came up (literally) in a couple of DAYS! They've grown beautifully and have been LOADED with beautiful beans! Mine is a container garden, using 36 gallon plastic storage totes with drainage holes added. As a test, I planted 3 containers of Blue Lake within a few days of planting Tenderpod. I used Burpee's bean & pea booster with all, and also have used plant food regularly. The Tenderpod has by far out-performed the Blue Lake (though this planting of BL has been better than the earlier plantings this season). I did wonder about the "vining" issue...I purchased "bush" varieties so I don't have to give them a structure to climb. My solution? I bought bamboo stakes for my peppers, and took the cages from the peppers and plopped them in the middle of each bean container. The beans have been SOOOOOOOOOOO easy to harvest this way! Again, not sure how my experience compares to others. Just didn't want Tenderpod to be "written off". I'll definitely plant this variety again!
Date published: 2015-09-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing Results Most of the seedlings died and the few that survived had poor yield.
Date published: 2015-07-23
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