Superb bush bean, with huge yields of quality pods, perfect for market
Introduced in 1949 by the SC/AES. Possibly derived from pre-1855 'Early Valentine'. The best early green bean for gardeners who desire a combination of good flavor, disease resistance, and high yields. Has excellent fresh eating quality and is very well liked by our customers. Bears slightly curved thick pods, approximately 5-1/2" long. Fairly hardy under adverse conditions and well suited to solar-greenhouse use because of its earliness, heat tolerance and disease resistance. Resistant to common bean mosaic virus (race 1) and tolerant of powdery mildew.Fabaceae Phaseolus vulgaris
Contender (Buff Valentine)
Also known as string beans, French beans or green beans, this easy crop is a mainstay of the traditional vegetable garden. They were once commonly called string beans, but most modern varieties don't have strings.
Bush varieties are shorter and mature faster than pole varieties, but only produce for 1 - 3 weeks. Bush beans are great candidates for succession sowing for this reason.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 42 (Spring/Summer)
- Growing Habit
Beans are temperature sensitive and shouldn't be planted until the soil has reached at least 65˚ F.
- Spring Transplant, Spring, Summer
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Warm, Hot
Beans like a warm sunny spot. They are not at all hardy and any frost will kill them. These tall plants are vulnerable to being blown over, so should be sheltered from high winds and supported on a stable and secure structure.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 60°F - 80°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Dark and Light-Seeded Beans: Dark-seeded beans are more resistant to rotting in cool soil than light-seeded beans. Beans need a minimum soil temperature of 65°F (18°C) to germinate well, otherwise rotting may occur. Around 80˚ F is ideal.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
Beans should have evenly moist soil at all times. Water lightly at planting, medium at flowering, and heavily throughout harvest time. Avoid overhead watering which can promote disease.
Low nitrogen. Moderate potassium. Moderate phosphorous.
Beans don't need a lot of nitrogen in the soil because they fix their own. In fact, if there is a lot in the soil they won't go to the trouble of fixing it. They do need plenty of potassium and phosphorus though.
They are sometimes planted after a crop that was heavily amended, or after a winter cover crop.
- Small Gardens?
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- common bean mosaic virus (race 1) and tolerant of powdery mildew
- Taste Profile
Crisp, tender, rich flavor.