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Bean 'Contender'    

Phaseolus vulgaris

  • 66 plantings
  • 7 available for swap
  • 5 wanted
  • 60 stashed

'Contender' is a Bean variety in the Phaseolus genus with a scientific name of Phaseolus vulgaris. 'Contender' is considered a OP (open polliated) cultivar. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Anti-flash white. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Dark pastel green. Leaves appear approximately as a   Grade 1 Paint Green colour.

Prolific bush variety is ready in 50 days.

One of the best bush beans ever. A heavy cropper with round to oval pods and a strong distinctive flavor. An early bean that does well under short seasons and cool conditions, however, it will thrive in hot weather too.2

Contender grows as an Annual and is a Vegetable. Being an Annual, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Contender normally grows with a erect-like habit with a max height of 1.30 feet (that's 40.0 cm metric).

Mexico is believed to be where Contender originates from.

Contender Bean is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally 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 Contender have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Contender

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Contender is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 5 - 13 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 6.0 and 6.8 as Contender likes to be in weakly acidic soil.

Growing Contender from seed

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 3.9 inches (10.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 1.95 inches (5.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 16°C / 61°F to ensure good germination.

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

Transplanting Contender

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Contender is a tender plant.

Harvesting Contender

Bean Contender 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 'Contender'

Buff valentine, Contender Bush Bean, Contender Dwarf Bean, Contender Snap Bean

Latest Bean 'Contender' Reviews

  • Same as my Peas. Started too early and already producing while there was still snow on the ground. Into the compost they went.

    2 stars

    kevyn about growing Bean 'Contender'

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