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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: 33
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 4.5

90.9% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Texas travellers
Location:
Beach City, TX, United States
Date:
July 14, 2017
          5.0
 
Great producers
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.5
 

What are the pros? Grows great every year

What are the cons? None

Review:

We live on the Gulf coast and I plant these in late February every year. By April and May, we are giving beans away to all of the neighbors they produce so well. Great flavor and compact growth.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Chris P.
Location:
Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Date:
January 2, 2017
          5.0
 
Grew fast with great yield
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow. Lots of beans.

What are the cons? None

Review:

I planted these in late June. In about 50 days I had beans and I kept getting them until mid November. Beans were big and good tasting. I will buy these again this year.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
MomsintheGarden
Location:
Northern, VA, United States
Date:
December 5, 2016
          5.0
 
Tied for my favorite green bea
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Excellent green bean

What are the cons? Baker Creek's price is high

Review:

I have grown many varieties of bush green beans, and Contender is tied with Tenderette for my favorite. It is a round-podded bean; the reviewer who said it was flat must have planted the wrong seeds. Contender is early (earlier than Tenderette by about a week), productive, and very tasty. Keep them picked, every two days or so, and they will keep producing.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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2 out of 9 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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16 out of 17 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

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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