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Contender (Buff) Valentine Bush Bean (40-60 seeds) (BN102) $2.50

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Contender (Buff) Valentine Bush Bean

         
 
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Bush, 50 days. A superb bush bean with huge yields of excellent-quality pods. Earlier than most others & perfect for market. Intro. 1949.
 
Contender (Buff) Valentine Bush Bean
Overall Rating:
         
4.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 30
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 4.5

90.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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0 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Stealth
Location:
Victoria, KS, United States
Date:
June 28, 2016
          1.0
 
Not impressed
Easy to Grow 2.5
EarlyMaturity 2.5
 

What are the pros? Germinated well.

What are the cons? Beans are flat, not round

Review:

Very disappointed with these beans. They are very flat, not round. Even the immature beans are flat. They have a very fibrous string to pull off when cleaning and snapping them. I will not waste my time canning these beans. Had to pull up my crop of beets so I could replant to a hybrid bean that is round, long, and way more tender than this variety.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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11 out of 12 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Wryter
Location:
Kingman, AZ, United States
Date:
December 1, 2015
          5.0
 
Best Overall Bean
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Great flavor, High Yields

What are the cons? None

Review:

This is my favorite bean. It produces huge yields, is delicious and easy to grow in my drip irrigated, raised beds. It tolerates crowding with no problems and, in fact, this bush bean seems to use it's neighboring bean plants as support. Crowding also preserves moisture in our arid climate. I'm in Kingman, AZ, so plants that can tolerate heat and drought are important to me. But flavor is the most important thing and I'm sold on Contender. (My wife favors Blue Lake 274 so we grow both). Contender outproduces every other bean I've tried. I plant them in mid-April and they keep us in beans all summer with plenty to can and save for seed. Two years ago I planted these on November 30 in a hoop house covered raised bed, heated only with milk jugs of water that absorbed heat during the day and released it at night. The plants grew all winter without producing beans due to short days and no pollinators but by early March I had a crop before anyone else even planted theirs.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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11 out of 12 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Derek Morris
Location:
WinstonSalem, NC, United States
Date:
October 8, 2015
          5.0
 
My favorite bean
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? productive, great taste

What are the cons? none

Review:

I grew this bean for the 1st time this year in a large plastic container on my driveway and only in a half day of sun. I was very impressed at its production and even more so with its fantastic flavor. I do believe it is the best bean I have ever eaten. It even had a slight sweet taste which I had never noted in a green bean before. It also produced over a long period unlike most other bush type beans. I highly recommend this variety. Oh, and no strings to speak of - what more can I say?

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Julien_Garden
Location:
longueuil, monteregie, Canada
Date:
July 17, 2015
          4.0
 
Good Variety
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? very heavy yeld, good taste

What are the cons? plants need tutoring

Review:

I love these beans. The taste is great and can be sowed directly in the soil zone 5a. I planted the whole package and I had only 2 not germinated seeds. The plants gets big and needs tutoring to hold this amount of beans. I can pick within 4-8 pounds of beans daily from this variety. Fruits are tender, big and have a delicate flavor. They totally meet my expectations and I would recommend to anyone planning to self sustain or market sell. Good space saving.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
ali
Location:
Athens, AL, United States
Date:
July 16, 2015
          5.0
 
best beans
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Tons of beans off each plant

What are the cons? none

Review:

I planted these in different places in my garden, some under the shade of squash, some under okra, some in part shade near other beans. The best producers were under the squash and okra. They did fall over because there were so many beans on each plant. They cooked up very tender and tasty. I will be growing these every year.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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