Bean Cultivars for Hunt County

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on August 12, 2011

Beans are enormously varied.  You have green beans, wax beans, yellow beans, lima beans, pinto beans and various other beans.  There are so many choices in the feed catalogs that it is hard to know what to plant.  For detailed instructions, you can see my article on planting beans.  Here are the facts you need to know and the cultivars that grow best in Hunt County.

  • when to plant:  after all danger of frost has passed, usually the first two weeks of April
  • depth of planting: 1 inch
  • spacing of plants inside row: 1-2 inches
  • spacing of rows: 3 feet
  • time to harvest:   varies from 50 to 104
  • fertilizing:  Use 2 to 3 pounds of 10-20-10 fertilizer per ten foot of row.  It is best to spread this before planting, then work it into the top 3 to 4 inches of soil.  Once the plants begin to have beans, put an additional 1/2 cup per ten foot of row and leave it on the surface.  It should be placed between the rows, then watered in.

cultivars for Hunt County:


Cultivar Days to Harvest
Bush beans
Black Turtle (heirloom) 104
Blue Lake 60
Contender 55
Derby 57
Dorabell 57
Dwart French Tendergreen 55
Earliserve 55
Early Contender 55
Embassy 50
Goldcrop Wax 55
Goldkist 50
Great Northern 85
Greencrop 50
Huntington 55
Jumbo 55
Midnight 104
Navy 85
Roma II 60
Slenderwax 56
Strike 55
Tapia 55
Tendercrop 54
Topcrop 50
Dixie Speckled 75
Dixie White 70
Florida Speckled Pole 85
Fordhook 75
Henderson Bush 65
King of the Garden Pole 90
Sieva or Carolina 80
Arapaho 89
Kentucky Wonder 60
Romano Gold 60
Dwarf Horticultural 60

Lots of beans to chose from.  Hopefully you will find something interesting to plant in this list.  Good luck with your gardening.

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Bill Brikiatis August 17, 2011 at 6:33 am

Stephanie — You have won the book giveaway at Suburban Hobby Farmer. Could you send me your physical mailing address by sending me a message on my partnering page at
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Stephanie Suesan Smith August 17, 2011 at 7:48 am

Cool beans! I sent you the info. I really wanted that book, too. Thanks.


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