Bush Snap Bean, Wade (Organic)
Phaseolus vulgaris. Green Pods. 60 days.
A classic dark green, bush snap bean with smooth, round 6-7” long pods. With its high yields and dependability, we recommend this bean as a market farm production variety. Excellent when eaten fresh, frozen, or canned. The pods hold well once picked so they make it to market in good condition. A near predecessor of Provider, with which it shares many positive traits such as good cold soil emergence and cool weather tolerance. Developed in 1952 by Dr. B. L. Wade of the USDA Southeastern Vegetable Breeding Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina. It was noted for being more prolific than Tendergreen, one of the first widely planted stringless beans, which it was bred to surpass. Resistant to bean common mosaic virus and was an All-American Selections winner in 1952. Long unavailable commercially in the US, we found it at Bingenheimer Saatgut in Germany.
Direct sow 1″ deep beginning early May in rows that are 1′ apart. Thin seedlings to 3-6″ spacing. Protect early sowings from frost. Succession sowing every 3 weeks through late June will ensure continual harvest. Shell seeds from fully dry pods by hand or by dancing on pods. Winnow to clean. Test for dryness with a hammer – dry beans shatter.
Some cross-pollination may occur, but beans mostly self-pollinate.