Phaseolus vulgaris (53 days) Open-pollinated. According to Lewis & Sample’s classic text How to Talk Yankee, “exhilarate” can mean putting the proverbial pedal down, or that feeling of eager excitement when picking and steaming up that first mess of summer green beans. For an exhilarated bean crop, organic gardeners and farmers can expect from Accelerate high root rot resistance without resorting to treated seed. Broad tall mounded plants are vigorous, healthy and totally loaded with excellent round 6–7" medium-dark green beans. Bean production comes on fast and keeps up for weeks. While its University of Wisconsin breeders tout its resilience in cold seasons, we found it boldly prolific in our very dry hot 2020 Maine summer, and it was ready before Provider in 2021. Its massive root system makes it a pretty good bet, regardless of the stress. Resistant to BBS, CBMV, root rot. PVP. ⑥
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About 120 seeds/2 oz packet. 2 oz packet sows 25 ft; 1 lb, 200 ft.
Seed sizes vary. Pick frequently for maximum and steady yields, but avoid harvesting or disturbing foliage in wet conditions to prevent spread of fungal diseases. Successive plantings can be made every 2 or 3 weeks until midsummer.
All beans are open-pollinated.
Days to maturity are from emergence after direct sowing.
Culture: Tender, will not survive frost. Inoculate with a legume inoculant, then plant seeds 3–4" apart in rows 24–30" apart after all danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Minimum germination soil temperature 60°; optimal range 70–80°. 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. 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.
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
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.
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.