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Pencil Pod Bush Bean (Heirloom, 52 Days)

4 reviews

Heirloom 1900

Pencil Pod is nicely rounded, slim, and elongated. It is a heavy producer which yields over a long period. The flavor is sweet and juicy. The contrast of yellow pods and green leaves is an attractive feature in the mid-summer garden. Seeds are black. 

1 ounce = approx. 80-100 seeds



Phaseolus vulgaris

Germination: 4-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF

Seed Sowing Depth: 1” deep 

Outside Sowing: After the last frost with soil temperatures above 60ºF. Sow 2-3” apart. Planting in soil under 60ºF results in poor germination. 

How much does a packet plant: 25 foot single row 

Harvest: Before the seeds bulge and beans snap easily. Pick continually every 2-3 days to prolong production.

Tips: Grow in light, well-drained soil, provide adequate, even moisture, especially at flowering time. Dry soil can result in low yields and fibrous pods. Do not over fertilize with nitrogen which results in a surplus of foliage and low, delayed pod growth. Adding inoculant at planting time aids in a larger harvest and more robust plants. Sow a few times a season, 3-4 weeks apart for a continuous harevest.


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janet l.
United States United States
Mom's favorite!

One of my Mom's favorites as she's liking these more than any others!

Louise Z.
United States
pencil pod bush bean

This is my husbands' favorite bean. It's too early to plant beans in Iowa but they have always done well in the past.

lynn l.
United States
Well, they haven't come up

Well, they haven't come up yet! Ask in a couple of months!

Dean G.
Best wax bean

These are my favorite wax bean. The big advantage is the longer time your harvest lasts. All bush beans can bury the beginning gardener with excess produce, seemingly all at once. These tend to spread that out over a bit longer time. Oh, and they taste great!