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    Pole beans, such as kidney and butter or lima beans, produce long vines that do best when supported on some type of trellis. They are prolific growers and can easily cover a trellis in the course of a season while producing many beans which can be eaten fresh or dried.

    Latin Name

    Phaseolus vulgaris



    Also Known As

    Runner bean , Snap bean , Green bean , String bean

    Type of Plant

    Annuals Annuals
    Vegetables Vegetables


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    Max height Max Height: 15'
    Max spread Max Spread: 3'


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  • Edible
  • Vegetable

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    George Washington grew many acres of several varieties of beans, and advocated planting the pole beans with corn for support. In a letter to his farm manager, William Pearce, in May of 1785, he wrote " I have heard much of the white (homony) Bean as being very productive, and a ready sale: suppose you were to devote an Acre of Corn ground to this purpose, to see what the yield would be: or, if they would do without something to run upon, & support them, to plant an acre or two without Corn, in No. 6 at Union farm..."

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