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Bean 'Blue Lake Bush'   

Phaseolus vulgaris

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Blue Lake Bush is part of the Phaseolus genus and is a Bean variety. Its scientific name is Phaseolus vulgaris 'Blue Lake Bush'. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Forest green (web). Leaves appear approximately as a   Dark spring green colour.

6-7 inch pods on 15-18 inch plants that mature in 55-60 days. Good for eating fresh, canning, or freezing. Stringless.

The bush plants set heavy yields of flavorful pods that are tender and crisp. This dark-green bean has been a standard for over 40 years.2.

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

Blue Lake Bush 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 Blue Lake Bush have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Blue Lake Bush

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Blue Lake Bush 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. Blue Lake Bush tends to grow best in a soil ph of between 6.0 and 6.8 meaning it does best in weakly acidic soil.

Growing Blue Lake Bush 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 Blue Lake Bush about 14 days after your last frost date.

Transplanting Blue Lake Bush

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

Harvesting Blue Lake Bush

6-7 inch pods

Bean Blue Lake Bush Etymology

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

Blue Lake Bush folklore & trivia

Developed in 1961 from the Pole Blue Lake.2

Other Names for Bean 'Blue Lake Bush'

green beans


1 Wiktionary entry for vulgaris