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Bean, Pole Purple King

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Beans that yield steadily all summer until frost.

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Attractive, towering vines glow with shiny purple, 5-6" pods. These beans are sweet, juicy, have incredible flavor and so easy to spot on the vine!
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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.

Pole Snap Purple

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

75 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.

18 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

48-72 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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Chef Ian Knauer Recipe-Beans with Green Goddess Herb Sauce
Chef Ian Knauer Recipe-Beans with Green Goddess Herb Sauce
Chef Ian of the Farm Cooking School in Stockton New Jersey Prepares Green Beans with Green Goddness Herb Sauce.
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  • Beans

    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
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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.
Type
Pole Snap Purple
Days To Maturity
75 days
Fruit Size
5-6 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
18 inches
Height
48-72 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
Thin
6 inches
Bean, Pole Purple King is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 30.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful plant! I planted these the end of April, in zone 5b. They survived and I had great germination, probably 100%! The production has been prolific! The plants truly are a showpiece!
Date published: 2019-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bean! Every bean sprouted, every vine is beautiful and vigorous. Boy are they prolific! Love the color, the dark purple makes it easier to find them. Older pods needed stringing and a little longer cooking time, but they all are delicious. This is my new go-to bean.
Date published: 2019-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great yields! I planted these last year and they took off like crazy and were the last plants producing in my garden. I bet they would have kept going too. They grow amazingly tall; lesson learned. This year I planted them on a 16' cattle panel arch and they are already 3/4 of the way across! And starting to fruit.
Date published: 2019-08-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cannot chew them I usually buy blue lake beans. These were the premier bean in the spring catalog, so gave them a try. They were more costly as well. I cooked them just as I've always cooked my blue lake beans, and my family literally was spitting them out. They were stringy and tough. I am so disappointed as I took the beans out of the freezer that I had blanched and put them in the compost. Just awful.
Date published: 2019-08-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Germination rate very lowI planted all the seeds I planted all the seeds at the appropriate time with the Scarlet Runners, and none of which have done much so far. What a disappointment! I was looking forward to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon!
Date published: 2019-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yummy Beans This is my first attempt growing beans and these are just delicious. They are tender and productive. Will definitely try growing these again next season.
Date published: 2019-06-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ugh The good news is that they produce a pretty flower, and the beans are EXTREMELY prolific. The bad news is they don't taste good. The texture is mealy, and flavor just isn't great. Normally anything that gets taken from our garden to the office for give-away is gone within minutes. People took these for the novelty of purple beans....once. After that we couldn't even give them away. Nobody liked them. Just not our cup of tea.
Date published: 2018-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Doesn't sacrifice color for taste I tried these this year instead of KY Wonder or Blue Lake pole beans. Once these got going in August and September, they produced about 2-3 quarts every 4 days from a 10' row. I picked this variety partly because I was hoping that the color would make them easier to spot. They are easier, but the vines are also purple, so they didn't stand out quite like I imagined. Flavor is very good. They are a slightly flat pod variety. Another thing I noticed about this variety is the leaves didn't irritate my skin as much as the other varieties did. I'm always open to try new things, but I'm going to stick with this variety for next year.
Date published: 2018-09-21
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