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Bean 'Kentucky wonder'    

Phaseolus vulgaris

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'Kentucky wonder' is a Bean variety in the Phaseolus genus with a scientific name of Phaseolus vulgaris. 'Kentucky wonder' is considered a heirloom OP (open polliated) cultivar. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Floral white. The mature flowers are of a Single hose-in-hose form. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Napier green. Leaves appear approximately as a   La Salle Green colour.

Introduced in Kentucky before 1864, this brown-seeded strain produces large, silvery-green, fleshy pods with a distinctive flavor. Almost stringless and excellent for freezing.

Kentucky wonder grows as an Annual and is a Vegetable. Being an Annual, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Kentucky wonder normally grows with a vine-like habit with a max height of 7.80 feet (that's 2.40 metres metric).

Mexico is believed to be where Kentucky wonder originates from.

Kentucky wonder 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 Kentucky wonder have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Kentucky wonder

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Rust resistant pole beans, shallow rooted. Mulch after thinning. Avoid working when wet.

Beans are nitrogen fixers, they don’t appreciate excessive nitrogen fertilization.

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

Preserve by freezing and canning

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Kentucky wonder 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 Kentucky wonder likes to be in weakly acidic soil.

Growing Kentucky wonder from seed

Soaking in water for several hours or overnight will hasten germination.
Treating with bean innoculant is sometimes recommended.

Sow 0.98 inches (2.5 cm) deep with a guideline distance of 3.9 inches (10.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 16°C / 61°F to ensure good germination.

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

Transplanting Kentucky wonder

Pole beans should be sown directly when soil has warmed up. Seedlings are delicate and shallow-rooted and do not transplant well.

Sow seeds 1 – 1 1/2 " deep
4" apart, 3’ between rows
Set along 6 ft. high trellis
6-8 days to germinate
Thin to 8" when plants have four leaves
68 days to maturity

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

Harvesting Kentucky wonder

Mature pods will be 6-8 inches long.

Bean Kentucky wonder 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 'Kentucky wonder'

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