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Rattlesnake Pole Bean (65 days, Heirloom)

Phaseolus vulgaris


A very flavorful pole bean that has been popular in the west for some time. Vigorous vines will yield for the entire season as long as you keep them picked. Beans are quite long, 8-10” and the color is an attractive green with purple stripes. This one was a favorite in our taste trials and is known to handle hot, humid and drought types of weather.

75 seeds


Germination: 4-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85 degrees F.

Seed Sowing Depth: 1” deep 

Outside Sowing: After last frost with soil temperatures above 60 degrees F. Sow 3- 4” apart for trellis/pole growth. Planting in soil under 60 degrees results in poor germination. 

How much does a packet plant: 15 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. 




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don d.
United States
I recommend this product

The year of the rainy spring

planted some beans a couple of days after I received them. then the rains came. 3 rains after about 12 to 15 inches. they did not come up. planted the rest of the beans around july 4 . they are just coming up now. first time in 45 years that the garden is not very good.

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my favorite pole bean varieties

I plant 16ft of pole beans on 7ft tall hog panels every year, and I like a variety, both for flavor, texture, and to cover bases for seasonal growing variances. After trying many varieties, the ones that I go back to every year are: Rattlesnake, Fortex, Carminat, Red Noodle, Yard Long, and Goldmarie. If I had to limit myself to one, I would pick the Rattlesnake, at least for our Sacramento climate. It's always the first and last to harvest, heavy crops, tastes great, is more forgiving in picking size, and easier to pick due to the purple mottled color, which stands out better among the leaves. Besides, who can resist a name like "Rattlesnake", that just cries out Old West heritage?

Robert W.
United States
I recommend this product

Awesome product

Awesome product

Bonita P.
United States

Rattlesnake Beans

Loved this bean last year, and saved seeds; but shared so many with friends that I had to re-order more for our garden this year. BJ Peavy, Michigan



These are fool proof, prolific, and taste great. Produce in hot summer heat and dry conditions with no watering. I used them in my 3 sisters garden and let them grow up the popcorn. Use a tall variety of corn, works great. A+ variety