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Blue Lake Pole Green Bean, Wright Strain

Blue Lake Pole Green Bean, Wright Strain

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Blue Lake, Wright Strain

70 days — This is an old strain of the original 'Blue Lake' pole beans that have been maintained by local farmer friends of ours our friends since the 1950s, Ben and Alice Wright of Liberal, Oregon. It was once the standard green bean variety grown extensively on production farms in this area.

Food production here in the fertile soils of the Willamette Valley was once one of a primary industry of Oregon. 'Blue Lake' beans were bred for the canning and fresh-frozen industry. These pole-types were the preferred varieties until the cost of labor to hand pick soared and the invention of mechanical harvesters changed planting trends to bush-type beans.

Its pods are stringless when young and tender, dark green, round, tasty, and reach about six inches. They can be enjoyed fresh as snap beans, canned, frozen or dried. The flavor and texture is outstanding. The plants are vigorous, climb well, and are very productive. Each packet contains one ounce, which is about 100 seeds.
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Planting Instructions:
Beans prefer well-drained, rich soil in a sunny location. Make sure you keep them well watered in the summer heat.

Beans are a tender vegetable and you should not plant them until all danger of frost has passed and the soil remains above 65ºF. Sow seeds 1-1½ inches deep, every two to three inches. Bush-type beans do not require support.

For seed saving, allow pods to remain on the plant until they are brittle and open easily. However, if you live in an area with a short growing season, harvest as close to dry as possible and finish drying indoors. Rain and freezing temps will damage beans. Informational References:
  1. Obituary of Ben Wright