I'm growing 24 kinds of pole beans this year (in addition to a lot of runners)
The most productive is Blauhilde, a purple German heirloom from Baker Creek. I've been picking them a couple of times a day as they seem to elongate as I'm watching. Taste good, too. Apparently they are tolerant to mosaic virus, but I don't know what that is.
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada a cool mediterranean climate - rainy winter, dry summer
i don't grow that many pole beans because of limited space on the fence.
the soil i have along that fence is also pretty poor so i don't always get the best results.
i'm in the middle of renovating a large part of that garden along the fence so i hope next year i will have better soil and better results.
these are the pole beans i planted this year:
Adam's Family 6 Weeks (pole, snap) (N) Anasazi (pole) (S) Blaugraue (pole, dry) (N) Flossie Powell Lima (pole) (N) Fortex (pole) (S) Green Savage (pole, snap) (N) Kahnawake Mohawk Pole (pole) (S) Monk's Beard (pole) (S)
Ottis Stuart (pole, snap) (N)
Red Lima (pole) (N)
Green Savage was very productive, but for some reason i didn't eat many as fresh beans. they seem ok as a dry bean.
Fortex was also productive in terms of pods, but i had hardly any seed production from it (which was why i was growing it so i could have seeds for the future) so i didn't eat many pods hoping i had seeds in them.
the Red Lima beans did well too but we had so much rain that i had to make sure there were picked often. it did not even climb this season.
Flossie Powell was very productive but the pods were mostly all setting a bit later than i'd like.
Last Edit: Dec 23, 2019 9:37:16 GMT -5 by flowerbug
glances at small bean patch, this year I opted to raise more shell/dry beans just in case so my little patch of pole beans is very lopsided. I have:
Good Mother Stollard Rattlesnake Kentucky Wonder Wax Trionfo Violetto
The Trionfo Violeeto is some older seed found in the basement by DH when cleaning and I have no memories of raising them sooo we will see. I can say they were the first to sprout of my pole beans which is a trait to be kept as the soil only recently got into the mid 60s... Right after them came my Kentucky Wonder Wax followed by the Rattlesnake and now slowly Good Mother Stollard is sprouting.
i planted a lot more dry beans to replenish my supply this year. right now i'm hoping a garden i planted outside the fences will be productive as the bunnies and deer get in there at times. usually they will not eat the entire garden though. the pole beans are just getting big enough to start looking for a place to climb so today i need to start getting some supports in place for them to climb so they can find the fence which is next to them.