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Bean Seeds, Kentucky Wonder Brown Pole

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The Kentucky Wonder is an heirloom Pole Bean is one of the most popular beans of all time, originally introduced in 1864, The  Pods are oval, thick, gently curved, meaty and tender.  The Kentucky Wonder is a variety that can be relied on for peak flavor, productivity, and adaptability.  Tall, hardy 5-7′ vines produce clusters of large numbers of 7-10″ bean pods that are Stringless when young. This bean is enjoyed fresh, cooked, frozen, or dried for shell beans.

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  • Botanical Name - Phaseolus vulgaris
  • Treated - No
  • Stringless - Yes
  • Bean Type - Snap
  • Pod - Slightly curved, Round, Smooth, light green
  • Seed Color - Brown
  • Germination Time - 4-16 Days
  • Days to Maturity - 58-72 Days
  • Maximum Height - 5-7 Feet
  • Spread -  vining
  • Fruit / Blossom Size - 7-10 in Pods
  • Disease Resistant - Resistance to Common Mosaic Virus, Pod Mottle & Curly Top Virus
  • Breed - Open Pollinated
  • Germination Rate – 90%
  • Lifecycle – Annual
  • Watering – 1 inch per week
  • Sow Method – Direct Sow or Transplant
  • Sow Depth 1 inch
  • Plant Spacing 2-6 inch apart

Common Problems:

The bean mosaic diseases cause plants to turn a yellowish green and produce few or no pods. The leaves on infected plants are a mottled yellow and are usually irregularly shaped. The only satisfactory control for these diseases is to use mosaic-resistant bean varieties.

Bright yellow or brown spots on the leaves or water-soaked spots on the pods are signs of bacterial bean blight. Bacterial blight is best controlled by planting disease-free seed; avoiding contact with wet bean plants; and removing all bean debris from the garden. 


Open pollinated means this plants flowers are fertilized by bees, moths, birds, bats, and even the wind or rain. The seed that forms produces the same plant the following year. 

All heirlooms are open pollinated, but not all open pollinated plants are heirlooms. Only a small fraction of the plant world is considered heirloom.

This variety has a history of being passed down within communities and families as early as the 1700's, similar to the generational sharing of items like jewelry or furniture.


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