The Blue Lake Pole Bean produces heavy yields of meaty but very tender, medium size, 18 cm (7") straight, dark green pods. Good used fresh but renowned for their canning and freezing qualities. If you had but one bean to grow, this should be the one. These beans are perfect for growing on fences or poles and can reach a height of 1.2-2.4m (4-8 feet) tall. Climbs freely on a vine and produces quickly. Will continue to grow until frost.
Direct sow seeds after the last frost, when soil temperatures have reached at least 16°C (60°F). Select a location that receives full sun. Plant pole beans near a trellis, fence or other support structure that is at least 1.8-2.4m (6-8ft) tall. Sow seeds 2.5-5cm (1-2”) deep, spaced 8-15cm (3-6”) apart at the base of the support structure. Keep soil evenly moist to promote germination. Seeds should sprout in 7-10 days. As the plants grow, train them to climb the support structure. Pole beans prefer well-drained soil that is fertile and has a pH between 6.0 and 7.5. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer before planting and again after the first flowers appear. Pole beans can be harvested when the pods are fully developed, but still young and tender. Harvest regularly to encourage more production. Pole beans typically reach maturity in 60-90 days.