Blue Lake Bush Bean is an heirloom, open-pollinated bush bean variety that has been a favorite of backyard gardeners for decades. Also known as “Blue Lake 274,” this is a proven variety that consistently produces heavy yields of fresh green beans. The plants have an average height of 16-18,” making it a great variety for any size garden!
Blue Lake Bush Bean produces 5-6″ pods that are round and plump. The pods are tender, but have a firm outer texture that makes them easy to snap. This is a popular variety for making fresh boiled green beans, but they are also great for canning and freezing to preserve the harvest.
Beans should be planted in spring after the last frost has occurred. Beans will germinate best once soil temps have reached 65 F or higher. Optimal germination temperature is around 77 F. Seeds can require 8 to 16 days to germinate, depending on the soil temperature. For continual production, succession plant every couple of weeks throughout the spring and early summer. Plants will drop blooms or cease production in the heat of summer. Subsequent succession plantings may be made in late summer/fall, as long as enough time is permitted before the first frost date.
Direct seeding is recommended. We suggest using a #6 plate on the Hoss Garden Seeder and modifying the hole size (if necessary) to fit the seed size. Beans should be planted relatively thick along the row and thinned to the desired spacing. To maximize garden space, consider using a double-row spacing. For double-row spacing, rows may be planted as close as 6″ apart with 3′ spacing between double rows. For single row spacing, 2′ to 3′ spacing is recommended.
Blue Lake Bush Bean Planting Information
Planting Method: direct sow
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1″
Seed Spacing: 3-4″
Row Spacing: 3′
Days to Maturity: 60
Disease Resistance: Bean Common Mosaic Virus