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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
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 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 4.9 out of 5 by 22.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Productive Bean I've Ever Grown Produces masses of beans continuously. They have a lovely toast and when used raw brighten up every dish!
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Purple, Purple everywhere! I planted these seeds later in the Spring but was a prolific producer despite the drought and heat. The Purple King continued to flower until freezing rain flattened it Th objections I found were in the latter part of summer. The pods got tougher as time passed. Secondly, The vines have many of the feeder "fingers" but didn't climb well alone. Twine and training was required to get them up in the fence.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i bought it last year.. this purple king is a giver you will have great producer easy to picked too but is not tender.
Date published: 2016-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! These were the only beans I grew last year. And they produced a lot and were very tasty. The best beans I ever tasted (but I haven't had many varieties). My friends and family all said they were amazing and loved how they turned green when cooked. I highly recommend since you get a wow factor from people because they are not used to seeing purple beans.
Date published: 2016-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved them, ordering again I grew these last year and loved them! They grew healthy and produced tons of great tasting beans. They are MUCH easier to find when picking and I didn't have a problem with spines.
Date published: 2016-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bean We grew these beans in an Earthbox last year. They grew to about 7 feet tall and were very prolific. Wonderful flavor and stringless. We will definitely grow again this year.
Date published: 2014-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Our Favorites! We started these in our container garden last year and, even growing in pots, they were fast growing and produced lots of beans. We had three major sets throughout the summer, even when the temps went sky high and everything else stopped producing. The beans are a wonderful purple color when raw, and turn green when cooked. The color change is actually a very handy indicator for when all the veggies in your garden stir fry are done cooking and ready to be eaten.
Date published: 2013-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Bean ever! This was an amazing bean to grow. The plants produced all season long-until the weather started turning cold. Many quarts were canned from just 1 packet!. You know how beans get woody as they get bigger? These beans can get to a bigger size and still be great eating. This bean is a must have and is on top of my seed shopping list!
Date published: 2012-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful!!! This was my first year growing green beans, and I am shocked at how easy they were to grow. I went to my local hardware store and purchased two 10 ft. poles, planted 4 seeds around each pole, and they are now 10 ft. tall and filled with flowers and beans. And did I mention that they are so tasty! Will be growing these next year for sure!
Date published: 2012-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite beans, ever I was so worried when I didn't see these beans in the printed catalog -- whew, they are still online. I have gardened in containers all my life, starting out on a roof deck in the South End. Now outside the city 20 years later, I still do, because the soil in our neighborhood is contaminated with lead. These beans perform magnificently. They take the confined conditions in stride, and produce well till frost. Because of my limited space, every bean is precious, and I started growing the purple ones so that I wouldn't miss seeing any in the dense thicket of foliage. The flowers are pretty, too, and the end result has all the bean flavor you could want. I do have a quibble, however -- the description here says they grow 15-20 inches tall, same as the bush equivalent Purple Queen. That has to be a typo. Mine have grown vigorously 6-7 feet and more, sometimes. I also want to praise Burpee seed quality. I don't use up the whole packet each year, so I plant them the following year, and the year after that (most recently). Germination is still excellent!
Date published: 2011-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, productive bean I've planted this bean for 3 seasons, now, and it produces bountifully, even with old seeds. Not only does it look gorgeous climbing up the deck rail or over the fence, but it keeps on going until fall if you keep picking. Even the larger beans are tasty. Completely out-produced my bush beans.
Date published: 2010-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must try! I've grown purple bush beans for years, now that I have a more limited space I wanted to see how the pole bean variety would do in a tub growing up Burpee's bean tower . . . One word: "Awesome!" Beans were prolific, flavorful, and produced till hard frost. For those with limited space, you too can have tasty beans as often as you want without the big garden!
Date published: 2009-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Beans I first decided to try these beans as I noticed insects weren't interested in the color of the leaves of purple bean plants. In that regard they are excellent. They are very vigorous, hardy, and tasty bean. I highly recommend.
Date published: 2008-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Purple King Very heavy yield right up until frost here in zone 5. Even in my heavy clay laden soil they germinated and thrived with but a bit of weeding and watering. The taste is about as good as any snap bean i've grown and the purple pods are definitely a novelty. I had grown purple peacock for years and am hard pressed to tell these apart but whereas the peacock seeds have been a crapshoot these all germinated and the pods were stringless as they were supposed to be :-) Burpee ROCKS !!!
Date published: 2006-03-31
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