Formerly known as “Old Homestead” and “Texas Pole”, the Kentucky Wonder bean made its first appearance in the mid 1800’s. The Kentucky Wonder bean seeds are best directly sown in the garden once the soil temperature is over 60F. These pole beans are a very heavy producer. Best harvested before the pods swell when tender and young at about 4-5″ in length. The stringless beans can be used fresh, frozen, and they’re excellent for canning. Picking the beans results in wave after wave of harvest. The Kentucky Wonder beans can also be used as a dry bean in recipes such as soups. When left to dry on the vine the pods can be shelled for the light tan beans. Be sure and provide a tall trellis when planting the Kentucky Wonder bean seeds as they can easily reach 6-8′ in height. A simple tripod trellis can be made by lashing together the tops of three bamboo poles. Since these runner beans climb by spiraling around the supports the diameter of the poles is not a concern.
Planting Kentucky Wonder Bean Seeds
Since beans do not transplant well, they are best sown directly in the garden 2 weeks after the last frost. Plant them at a depth of about one inch. Simply lay seeds on the surface of the soil and press down to the proper depth then cover. Keep moist until they sprout. Seeds can be soaked for 24 hours prior to planting to speed up germination. Be sure and provide a sturdy trellis to support the weight of the heavy beans. A simple tripod trellis can be made by lashing together the tops of three long bamboo poles. Beans climb by spiraling around the poles so their diameter is not a concern.
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