'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.
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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 canningPlant 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.
Soaking in water for several hours or overnight will hasten germination.
Treating with bean innoculant is sometimes recommended.
By our calculations, you should look at sowing Kentucky wonder about 14 days after your last frost date.
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
Mature pods will be 6-8 inches long.
The species name vulgaris is from the Latin vulgus (“the multitude, the masses”) + -āris, and means “common”, “usual”, or “commonly known” 1.
Excellent long-lasting heavy producer. Did well in my lightly shaded garden. Not as tasty as Blue Lake 274, but decent, especially if picked a bit early. I’ll plant these again.
mpsprengeler about growing Bean 'Kentucky Wonder'
beans finished, leaves dying off
CraftyGardener about growing Beans, pole
These didn’t seem to like the location very much — too much shade — but they were an OK bean.
naturedance about growing Bean 'Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean' for Ms. Jean
These proved to be a basic, edible green bean for me. I’ve figured out I’m just not crazy about pole beans, but these were OK.
naturedance about growing Bean 'Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean'