The Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean also knows as “Old Homestead” & “Texas Pole” is one of the oldest and most widely used bean varieties ever grown. It is a dependable variety that produces heavy yields of beans born in clusters. The dark green beans are stingless when young with a rich bean flavour. Average pod length is between 17-25cm (7-10”) long. Can be eaten fresh, canned, or frozen. These beans are perfect for growing on fences or poles and can reach a height of 1.2-1.8m (4-6 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.
Soil Conditions: Well-drained soil that is fertile. Soil pH: 6.0-7.5 Planting Depth: Sow seeds 2.5-5cm (1-2”) deep. Germination: 7-10 days. Height at Maturity: 1.8-2.4m (6-8ft) tall. Days to Maturity: 60-90 days. Watering: Keep soil evenly moist. Sun/Shade: Full sun. Spacing after Thinning: Thin seedlings to 15-20cm (6-8”) apart.