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Bean, 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 of the Farm Cooking School in Stockton New Jersey Prepares Green Beans with Green Goddness Herb Sauce.
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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 12 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.
Pole Snap Purple
Days To Maturity
75 days
Fruit Size
5-6 inches
Full Sun
18 inches
48-72 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
6 inches
Bean, Purple King is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 24.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous seeds! I bought these seeds back in 2012, it was the first year in our newly built home and I wanted to grow something! So I planted them in clay. Not clay soil, actual clay they put down when they built our house. Needless to say the seeds didn’t do well. Well flash forward to May of 2018, when I found the seed packet while cleaning a closet and put a few in a 17 inch container. THESE SEEDS HAVE BEEN AMAZING! I didn’t have much hope for 6 year old seeds, but almost all of them germinated! They’ve been hit hard by pests and disease and I have no bothered to spray for either. I have given them some liquid fertilizer, a little compost when I planted, and some slow release fertilizer, and it’s now a week into September and these sad looking plants are still pumping out tons of beans. For all the caterpillars, stink bugs, and leafhoppers I’ve seen, and as shabby as my plants look, I’m amazed at how well they’ve done! Every two days I’m filling up a bag with fresh picked beans. I
Date published: 2018-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular flavor. Fast grower. High yield. I planted these in mid May. Plants are good climbers and beautiful in the garden. I Just harvested the first large take today. They got away from me and I thought they were too big to be really good. Even the beans that were 8 " long are incredibly tender. They cook fast - just a few minutes. I will pant again next year. A real winner.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Producer! Seeds germination was about 90% on the second year! The first year yielded pods 10" - 12" in length and they tasted wonderful. The kids loved seeing the purple beans turn green when cooked. I hope they yeild as good as they germinated for a second year seed.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prolific and beautiful. This past year my wife insisted on having green beans in our garden. I loathed green beans growing up, as we often had the canned or frozen store bought ones...yuck. Highly skeptical, I browsed over several reviews over various types, looking for something that might be worth trying. I found it in the Purple King. Prolific and easy to spot on the 7' to 8' vine, this bean forced me to give extras to the neighbors. I regret having avoided these in the past now. Fresh from the garden made all the difference. We pickled, or froze most of them, but we also let many of them go as dry bean, and they were fantastic in soup.
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Beans!!~ :-) I finally got around to setting up the bean towers last year to grow climbing beans, and these are the best ever!! Very easy to pick them since they are purple and stand out so well, and super prolific and tasty!! They have that traditional bean taste, and it is so bizarre that they turn green when cooked!! They produced well beyond any other beans that I have tried, and in unbelievable quantities.
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from By Far the Best Bean Ever! I have been growing the Purple King for several years now. Not only is it a good producer, the beans are excellent tasting. If you miss picking a bean and it gets 10 inches long, the beans are still tasty with no strings! So they are edible at all stages. I grow dozens of different beans, I'm a bean nut, and this one is by far the best tasting. The plants are beautiful too. I'm ordering more seeds today.
Date published: 2018-03-30
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