Pole Beans

Monte Cristo Bean

Monte Cristo Bean


71 days. Thanks to advancements in pole bean breeding, Monte Cristo is a new generation of the ever-popular Blue Lake type of bean. Straight, tender, bright green beans reach an astounding 10 inches long. Highly productive plants yield loads of uniform, tender and flavorful, rounded pods. We found them very well suited for fresh eating, cooking, and preserving. White seeds.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 100 seeds per ounce.
  • BN080/S
  • 1 oz
  • $3.55

  • BN080/P
  • 2 oz
  • $5.45

  • BN080/B
  • 1/2 lb
  • $13.75
  • More Information
  • Customer Reviews (3)
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.

• 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

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.
Overall Rating: Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Write a Review

Apr 13, 2018  |  By Tawnee
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon
I've planted these against several other varieties and year after year Monte Cristo performs better with tastier more uniform beans. I love that they can get quite large without becoming stringy or mealy. Great for canning, nice and round, and not too hairy!
Best Ever!
Oct 24, 2015  |  By Rose Hollis
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon
This variety is wonderful. Planted in late May and started harvesting mature bean by late July. Continued flowering all the way into October with steady production. These are good size with absolutely no string and very flavorful. I periodically sprayed the leaves down in the morning with a Liquid Kelp solution and drenched the soil as well. 1 package is plenty for a household of 2 with extra to share with friends.
Monte Cristo
Aug 9, 2013  |  By ikal
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon
As usual, we had counted on Musica pole beans for our main bean crop, but the unusually cool and wet summer has held them back. Luckily, we planted Monte Cristo for the first time as a backup and it has been producing far beyond our expectations. Not picture perfect, but tasty. Despite heavy Japanese beetle damage, it's still blooming and setting pods.