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Organic Nor’Easter Pole Bean

HEIRLOOM The earliest romano-style pole bean we’ve found, Organic Nor’Easter Pole Bean is incredibly succulent and sweet as well as lusciously long, often 8″ or more before turning fibrous. We love their pale purple flowers attracting hummingbirds and butterflies! As with all pole beans, once Nor’Easter begins to mature seeds, they don’t produce as many flowers, so the more snap beans you harvest, the more flowers and thus delectable snap beans will surround you.

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20 Seeds $3.79 In stock
40 Seeds $6.50 In stock
80 Seeds $12 In stock

Organic Nor’Easter Pole Bean

Description

HEIRLOOM The earliest romano-style pole bean we’ve found, Nor’Easter is incredibly succulent and sweet as well as lusciously long, often 8″ or more before turning fibrous. We love their pale purple flowers attracting hummingbirds and butterflies! As with all pole beans, once Organic Nor’Easter Pole Bean begins to mature seeds, they don’t produce as many flowers, so the more snap beans you harvest, the more flowers and thus delectable snap beans will surround you.

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Direct Sow Only: Once soil is warm & frost danger has passed, sow 1″ deep every 4 inches along a fence or 3 seeds per teepee pole. Trellis at least 5’ high with the strongest materials you can find! Harvest young pods before beans swell for best yield. Inoculants often increase yields. Dark seeds germinate in cool soils better than white seeds.
Seed Depth: 1 inch
Days to Germination: 8-10 days 70-80 F
Plant spacing after thinning: 5-6″

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Northeaster Pole Bean – Organic

Phaseolus vulgaris
(55 days) Also known as Kwintus. We can never grow enough seed for this superior pole bean that ripens almost two weeks earlier than Kentucky Wonder. Somewhat flattened pods are slow to get tough even when big. Usual length is 7–8″. Flavor improves with blanching. Loses some vitality after several pickings. If you wish continuous production of pole beans till frost, make a second planting of Northeaster in July for September harvest, or sow a later variety like Kentucky Wonder as well. White seed. ①

280 Northeaster – Organic

Additional Information

Pole Beans

  • Avg 30 seeds/half oz packet. 775–1500 seeds/lb. Half oz packet sows 7-10′.
  • Days to maturity are from emergence after direct sowing.

Culture: Though it can be fun to grow “climbing” beans on tripods or sunflowers, many folks grow them on 6–8″ fencing. Plant 3–4″ apart along the fence. Many pole bean varieties have strings that won’t annoy you if they’re picked early and often. Frequent and thorough picking keeps your vines vigorous and productive. Pick and compost the overgrown pods that got away, or cut them coarsely and add them to minestrone as suggested by Crystal Nichols of Greene, ME. If you don’t pick them, your plants will stop producing, satisfied they’ve fulfilled their reproductive mission.

One customer says, “Many people—even gardeners and cooks—have no idea how much better tasting pole beans are. Most bush beans are cardboard by comparison.”

Poles for Pole Beans

Nikos grows hers on tripods of long lashed poles. Gloria Seigars of New Sweden, ME, employs tall limber ash saplings that can be bent double without breaking. “Wired together, several of them make a nifty arbor and grand entrance to the vegetable garden.” Will Bonsall suggests letting them climb sunflower stalks. Give the sunflowers a two-week head start.

Plant about 5 seeds to a tripod, or 2 seeds to a sunflower.

Beans

  • All beans are open-pollinated.
  • Days to maturity are from emergence after direct sowing.

Culture: Tender, will not survive frost. Plant seeds 3–4″ apart in rows 24–30&#34 apart after all danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Minimum germination soil temperature 60°; optimal range 60–80°. White-seeded beans are generally more sensitive to cold soil temps than dark-seeded varieties. Legumes have moderate fertility needs and can fix their own nitrogen (inoculate with Guard-N Combo Legume Inoculant). Excessive nitrogen may induce some bush varieties to develop vines in moist hot weather.

Saving Seed: Saving bean seed is easy! Leave pods on the plants to dry. Hand shell, or stomp pods on a tarp. To ensure true-to-type seed, separate varieties by 30 feet.

Diseases:

  • ANTH: Anthracnose
  • BBS: Bacterial Brown Spot
  • CBMV: Common Bean Mosaic Virus
  • CTV: Curly Top Virus
  • DM: Downy Mildew
  • HB: Halo Blight
  • NY 15: NY 15 Mosaic Virus
  • PM: Powdery Mildew
  • PMV: Pod Mottle Virus
  • R: Rust
  • SC: Sclerotina

White mold, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, affects more than 300 plant species. In beans, low humidity, good air circulation and wider spacing, both between plants and between rows, reduce the likelihood of this soil-borne infection.

Germination Testing

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