Northeaster Pole Bean

Certified Organic

Phaseolus vulgaris

Early maturing and succulent fresh or dry.

The Northeaster known as the Great Blizzard of 1888 traveled up the East Coast and dropped over 40 inches of snow in New York. About 2000 years earlier, a whirlwind of bean diversity made its way up from much farther south, South America. One bean cluster, a cell of vining, flat-podded types, blew all the way into Italy, later returning to New York with immigrants. Northeaster, a tender, succulent Romano type pole bean, came out of this gene pool, its meltingly soft texture as inviting as a fresh bank of snow. Early to mature, Northeaster will produce heaps of delectable pods. If you're a seed saver, let the pods dry on the vines and they will precipitate mounds of white beans that don't require gloves and a shovel.


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Direct sow outdoors after threat of frost has passed. Plant in full sun, and provide a sturdy trellis for beans to climb, such as individual stakes, netting, or twine tied from a tall overhang and pinned to the ground. Will grow to 8' tall. Harvest when pods are about 8" long, 1" wide, and flat. Also makes a tasty shelling bean.

Days to Germination 5-10 days
Days to Maturity 50 days
Planting Depth 1"
Spacing in Row 6"
Spacing Between Rows 42"
Height at Maturity 96"
Width at Maturity 4"
Sun Preference Full Sun

Artwork by Julie Evans. Julie's soft-lit watercolor rendition of a cluster of Northeaster Pole Beans captures the dreamy flavor and texture of the variety. It seems to emerge from a stormy fog, with celebratory bursts of pink that suggest the pangs of joy this variety brings.

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