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Contender Bush Green Bean

Contender Bush Green Bean

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55 days — 'Contender' is extremely early, very dependable and prolific. It produces long, round to slightly oval pods that are medium green and about six inches long at maturity. They are tasty fresh out of the garden or can be canned or frozen. It is resistant to bean common mosaic virus (BCMV) as well as powdery mildew. It does well in cool, short climates, as well as in warm, humid climates.

Bred as a stabilized cross between 'Commodore', 'Streamliner', and 'United States 5 Refugee' by the Southeastern Vegetable Breeding Laboratory, Charleston, South Carolina. 'Contender' was released in 1949 with the cooperation of the Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida Agricultural Experiment Stations.[1] Each ounce contains approximately 60 seeds.
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Planting Instructions: Beans prefer well-drained, rich soil in a sunny location. Make sure that you keep them well watered in the summer heat. Don’t bother trying to get an early start with beans – you’ll waste a lot of seed! Beans are tender and you should not plant them until all danger of frost has passed and the soil remains above 65ºF.

Sow seeds 1½ inches deep, every two to three inches. Bush-type beans do not require support.

Pick the pods while young as they are more tender and succulent and less likely to be stringy. Informational References:
  1. "Vegetable Cultivar Descriptions for North America – Bean, Green (A-L), Lists 1-27 Combined," Edited by James Nienhuis and Michell E. Sass.