Contender Bush Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Introduced in the mid-20th century, this all-purpose heirloom will give you a huge crop of tasty, tender green pods. The versatile Contender produces early and performs well in both hot and cool growing conditions.
- 40 seeds minimum
- Germination: 7-10 days
- Maturity: 50days
- Direct sow 1-1 ½” deep in full sun after danger of frost has passed. Beans need soil temperatures between 75-85° F to sprout.
- Space plants 3-6” apart; space row 2-3’ apart.
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Cannot believe the amount of beans these plants produced! Pest resistant and easy to grow. Beans had great flavor and texture. Wonderful steamed fresh as well as canned.
We were swimming in these beans by the end of the gardening season! Once they started producing, they never stopped. Plenty of beautiful, great-tasting beans for fresh eating, and LOTS for freezing as well. They taste great frozen as well. Love these beans! They outproduced my rows of Blue Lake Bush beans by quite a bit. Not the straightest bean, so if canning is your #1 priority, these may not be your top choice.
Love this bean! One plant produced 25 beans at once!
These are great. We had more green beans than we could eat most of the spring and summer. Great taste and blanche and freeze well also. We will certainly buy these again for next year!
I grew these for the first time this past summer. Great flavor, almost blemish-free, heat/disease resistant, nice and crisp, compact plant that produces wonderfully. Picked beans every other day and plants kept going until October. I am doubling my # of plants next year, they were sooo good. Definitely worth trying!
I planted Contender beans approximately June 1 and began to harvest about six weeks later. The plants have been extremely vigorous and disease free and have tolerated very well the many days of 90+ degree weather we've had in Michigan this year, although I did water from time to time. They have been producing daily for over a month and are beginning to wind down. The flavor and texture of the beans can't be beat. I will replant this variety next year.