Pole Snap Bean, Early Riser (Organic)
Phaseolus vulgaris. Flat Green Pods. 55 days.
Very aptly named, Early Riser shoots up its runners right along with its first true leaves, so your trellis better be ready. We are amazed by its early and consistent vigorous growth, and pick stringless, 8-10” Romano type snap beans weeks earlier than other pole varieties. Keeps producing right up to the end of the season. Likes a tall trellis – the plants doubled back down our 6′ structure. We would like to thank Turtle Tree Seeds for turning us on to this great bean.
Direct sow 1″ deep May through late June in rows that are 1′ apart. Thin seedlings to 3-6″spacing. Protect early sowings from frost. Pole snap beans are productive over a long season and only need one sowing unlike their bush snap counterparts. Requires trellising; try T-posts and bailing twine or plant a few weeks after corn or sunflowers for a natural trellis.
Shell seeds from fully dry pods by hand or by dancing on them. Winnow to clean. Test for dryness with a hammer – dry beans shatter. Some cross-pollination may occur, but beans mostly self-pollinate.