Pole Beans

Rattlesnake Bean

Rattlesnake Bean

BN069

75-80 days. Your cache of Rattlesnake will take you from summer through winter with delicious beans. First as a tender, refreshing edible podded bean, then later as a hearty, flavorful dried bean. Beautiful, 7 inch long, purple striped green beans appear on tall plants in summer. When pods are left on the plant to mature and dry, they reveal auburn and brown speckled seeds that are scrumptious in warming winter soups and stews.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 90 seeds per ounce.
  • BN069/S
  • 1 oz
  • $2.65

  • BN069/P
  • 2 oz
  • $4.25

  • BN069/B
  • 1/2 lb
  • $8.95

  • BN069/F
  • 2 1/2 lbs
  • $28.85
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthThin Plants ToSeed SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per ounceFertilizer Needs
60-85°F8-161"4"2-4"18-36"80%2-3 yearsListed per varietyLow


Phaseolus vulgaris Rich and flavorful beans are fiber-packed veggies that promote digestive health and are excellent sources of antioxidants that scavenge free radicals in the body. They are also nitrogen-fixing legumes; beans gather nitrogen from the air and load it into the soil to feed future crops.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

Culture
• Beans are shallow rooted and can require up to 1/4 inch of water a day during hot weather
• Optimum soil pH is 5.5-6.5, mildly acidic
• Apply 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 10 row feet, and 1 inch of compost
• Coat seed with inoculant to increase yields

Direct Sowing
• One ounce of seed plants 12-15 row feet, 1/2 pound for 100 row feet
• Grow Pole, Runner, and Yard Long beans on trellises

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Mexican bean beetles, bean weevils, cucumber beetles, spider mites
Insect control: Pyrethrin
Common diseases: See chart below
Disease prevention: Avoid wetting the foliage, remove plants at end of the year, 3-4 year crop rotation

Harvest & Storage
• Ready for harvest about 2 weeks after bloom
• Pick when pods are nearly full size and seeds are still small
• Harvest every 3-5 days to increase yields
• Store at 40-45°F and 95% relative humidity

KEY TO BEAN DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE
HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
A* | Anthracnose
BB | Bacterial Blight
BBS | Bacterial Brown Spot
BLS | Bacterial Leaf Spot
BMV | Bean Mosaic Virus
CTM | Curly Top Beet Mosaic Virus
DM | Downy Mildew
HB | Halo Blight
PM | Powdery Mildew
PMV | Pod Mottle Virus
R | Common Rust
* Numbers indicate specific disease race.
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Best Overall Bean
Jan 14, 2017  |  By Reap Riot
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If you only grow one pole bean, this should be it. Tender even when large, sweet, great for dried beans, hardy, beautiful and productive.
Great producer
Jan 28, 2016  |  By Kathryn Wilson
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Grew these beans for two years now (Zone 8, WA State). They grew to more than 12 feet high on my tepee, are easy to harvest, tasty and pickle well. Love the spotted coloring.
Really impressive yield and flavor
Jan 1, 2016  |  By Susan Langenes
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This bean outperformed any other bean I've ever grown. Fantastic yield - I couldn't keep up with just 6 plants (the vines topped my 10-foot bamboo poles and could have easily gone another 3 feet). I finally gave up harvesting in September and they kept producing well into October when I finally pulled them all and shelled them. Wonderful as a dry bean. I pickled tons of these earlier in the year and their flavor shines through even when pickled. This is my new go-to as an all-around workhorse of a bean. Good heat/drought tolerance too - 2015 was a good year to test that!
Hilary
Mar 4, 2015  |  By Hilary Solomon
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This is a wonderful bean variety. The young beans are tender and crispy, almost sweet. I picked the young beans and used them all summer and then in the fall, I harvested the beans that had escaped picking and have several canning jars full of dried beans. The plants produced generously from mid-summer until the first frost. This year I am planting two mounds of these beans and no bush beans.
5-STARS! My favorite fresh bean in taste & production
Jan 26, 2015  |  By The Gardener
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This is my favorite fresh green bean -- in the areas of taste and production -- of all the varieties I've grown in 40 years of gardening. I found that if I keep picking the pods (not let any get too big so the seeds swell-up), and keep the plants healthy with consistent water and fertilizer ... that the plants will produce all the way from July to the first hard frost in late October -- much like an indeterminate tomato. I've not found another bean variety to do that. For instance, Fortex is an outstanding pole bean, but no matter how well you take care of the plants, eventually it will peter-out and croak, after a good run of up to a couple months of harvests. But Rattlesnake just keeps on going, and going and going. Give it a real good tall strong trellis ... the vines can grow up to 10' or more. It is OP, too, and you can save the seeds with absolute ease.
YUM
Aug 26, 2013  |  By tena
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I have tried about 10 different kinds of beans and this is by far the best tasting. They have been producing for 6 weeks and are still going strong. I love that if I miss one, I can let it dry out and put in soup this winter. I grew them on a garden fence. The flowers are beautiful too.