Bean, Lazy Wife
- Pole bean
- Stringless pods
- Round white seeds
- Late maturing vines bear heavily
- Snap or shell bean
- 80-100 days
Introduced in 1885 by W. Atlee Burpee, and recently donated to SSE by former Burpee’s catalog manager Derek Fell. As noted in the original Burpee’s description, “the pods are green, entirely stringless, of extra fine flavor, exceedingly rich and buttery when cooked.” Beans are round, and polished-white in color. Late maturing vines bear heavily and continuously until frost. Pole habit, snap or shell, 80-100 days.
Learn to Grow it
This crop can be direct seeded into warm soil after the last spring frost. If you sow a section or row every two or three weeks, you can get a continuous crop.
Space your seeds 2-4 inches apart in well fertilized soil. Plant your seeds around 1 inch deep.
As this plant grows it may need support in the form of a trellis to keep the vines off the ground. You won't need to fertiize this crop in order to get a healthy yield.
These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F. You should avoid watering them from above as damp leaves may be susceptible to disease.