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Bean, Tenderpick

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Great flavor, similar to Tenderpod, with improved germination.

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The vigorous Burpee bred plants produce heavy yields of straight, 5 1/2", dark green, tender pods with curved tips and white seeds. They yield early and need no support. A superb bean for fresh eating, canning and freezing. One 2 oz. seed packet will sow a row of about 20 ft. Our seed is not treated.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

54 days

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

6 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

10 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

15-20 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

Planting Time The recommended time of the year in which this product should be planted.

Spring, Summer

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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 2 inches 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.
Days To Maturity
54 days
Fruit Size
6 inches
10 inches
15-20 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
6 inches
Life Cycle
Bean, Tenderpick is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Pod Ever In about 60 years of planting marginal varieties this one is top dog. Germination superb early and late plantings, plant size medium compact, large number of beans set and develop all summer. Pods produce exceptional flesh with small beans even if a little mature. Long straight beans for the dilly bean enthusiast.
Date published: 2016-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Planted as a fall crop I know beans are not your typical fall crop but I planted them anyways and I am so tickled that I did. These beans have been such a heavy vigorous producer a d the plants are very healthy. It is now 3 days before halloween and I am still averaging a 2- 3.5lb pick each week. The beans share a space iny small 4x20 garden with broccoli and kale. Honestly they are rivaling my summer pole beans in production! While we have had some frosts, one down to 28° with a row cover on the cold nights they are still producing flowers and setting more beans. Taste is fantastic and yield has been so good that I have blanched and froze for the coming months. Thank you burpee...tender pick will now go in as a permanent staple in my fall garden!
Date published: 2015-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loads of really great beans! This is the most productive green bean I have ever grown! Even when the beans got larger, they were still string free and tender. Each bush put out several servings. In my small plot which I split in half with the Eureka yellow bean (super bean also) I planted closer than recommended and had more than enough to freeze beans for the winter and give away several gallon bags of beans to friends and neighbors. These beans are the best tasting, even when large. No strings. Very productive. Next year I will put supports by them as the ones planted by the solar lights and held upright were incredible in production. After planting green beans for many years, these are my favorite. Summer was hotter and drier than usual in the mountains this year. the garden has clay soil to which compost is added to yearly. No second planting was necessary as the beans "rested" and went into full bloom for the second crop, nearly as good as the first. Seeds germinated well. Highly recommend and will grow again.
Date published: 2015-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Bean! We grew these the summer of 2012. The plants grew wonderfully using the pea and cucumber fence from Burpee. We had so many beans we froze a few bags to enjoy over the winter months.
Date published: 2013-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet beans everywhere! Very tender and sweet with bushes filled to capacity!
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Beans Ever ! Fast, even germination. Strong plants (fertilized 2 times) early set heavy blooms and LOADED with beautiful beans. No problems with diseases or rust on beans. Plants continued to grow while producing consistanly long, smooth beans. So many beans per bush! Great to pick and stringless so they are easy to break.. Truly tender and tasty. Shared with friends, now they are going to try this wonderful Tenderpick Bush Bean !
Date published: 2012-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful, with a little work. These beans indeed had a great rate of germination. I did two plantings this year, one in the spring and a second in early August. The first did really well, I got about 7 good harvests from them. The second planting came up so quickly! I was picking delicious, tender beans just five weeks after planting. They are heavy producers and resist disease well. They are a little leggy and can flop over easily, especially with heavy wind or consistent light wind. I put a few bamboo stakes in between each row of plants so I can easily tie them (using Burpee's stretch tie)after a windy day, and that works very well. Next year I will plant them somewhere with a little more protection from the wind, but I will definitely be planting these again!
Date published: 2010-09-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not disappointed, but will try something else The beans taste great and the plants produce well, but the plant stalks were too weak. The plants grew too tall for the thin stalks and they all flopped over. Since I have a small raised bed there is limited space, and the beans flopped over onto the neighboring herbs and squash. Not what I expected in a bush bean.
Date published: 2009-07-31
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