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Bean 'Blue Lake'    

Phaseolus vulgaris

  • 175 plantings
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  • 8 wanted
  • 143 stashed

Blue Lake is a variety of Bean which is a member of the Phaseolus family. Its botanical name is Phaseolus vulgaris 'Blue Lake'. 'Blue Lake' is considered a OP (open polliated) cultivar. Blooms normally display as a colour very similar to   White. The mature flowers take a Single form. Its fruits normally ripen as a colour very similar to   Forest green (web). Leaves usually appear in   Fern green colour.

Dark green,round stringless pod 14-16 cm, good home gardener variety,high yields,long season. Some disease resistance. 54-61 days.

A type of Vegetable, it mainly grows as an Annual plant - which means it typically only grows best for a single growing season. Blue Lake normally grows to a max height of 7.41 feet (2.28 metres metric).

Mexico is believed to be where Blue Lake originates from.

Blue Lake Bean is normally fairly low maintenance and quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Blue Lake have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Blue Lake

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Avoid working around beans when wet; this may spread diseases. When weeding hoe gently because beans are shallow rooted. Mulch plants only after thinning.

Blue Lake likes a position of full sun and remember to water moderately. Blue Lake is generally regarded as a tender plant, so it is really important to plant out well after your last frost date. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 5 - 13 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Blue Lake needs a soil ph of 6.0 to 6.8 (weakly acidic soil).

Growing Blue Lake from seed

Along a trellis about 6 ft tall, sow a seed every 4" when soil is war. Soaking seeds overnight before planting will speed germination. Thin to 1 plant every 8 inches when plants have 4 leaves.

Sow at a depth of approx. 1.95 inches (5.0 cm) and aim for a distance of at least 3.9 inches (10.0 cm) between Bean plants. For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of 16°C / 61°F.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Blue Lake about 14 days after your last frost date.

Transplanting Blue Lake

Blue Lake is tender, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.

Harvesting Blue Lake

Pick when pods are nearly mature, but beans are not fully developed and pods are still crisp.

After harvesting the plants can be plowed back into the soil or added to the compost pile.

This variety tends to mature and be ready for harvest in mid summer.

Bean Blue Lake Etymology

The species name vulgaris is from the Latin vulgus (“the multitude, the masses”) +‎ -āris, and means “common”, “usual”, or “commonly known” 1.

Other Names for Bean 'Blue Lake'

Blue Lake Pole, Blue Lake Stringless

Latest Bean 'Blue Lake' Reviews

  • I had 100% germination after I moved seeds in to peat pots instead of direct sown. I plan to harden them off on 9/10/14.

    4 stars

    amccrerrand about growing Stringless Blue Lake Pole Beans
  • I had 100% germination after I moved seeds in to peat pots instead of direct sown. I plan to harden them off on 9/10/14.

    4 stars

    amccrerrand about growing Stringless Blue Lake Pole Beans
  • I planted too many. I soaked the whole package so I was running around looking for places to poke extra beans into.

    0 stars

    SSSprout about growing Beans 'Blue Lake'
  • These are tasty beans! I left some on the vine too long and froze them on a whim even though they seemed a bit fibrous – once blanched they tasted great and kept well in the freezer until mid-winter.

    5 stars

    HazelJ about growing Bean, Pole 'Stringless Blue Lake'

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