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Early Contender Bush Bean
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Early Contender Bush Bean

The Standard Early Bean

  • A customer favorite year after year
  • Produces a week earlier than many varieties
  • Bears 6-8 in. stringless pods
  • Great for fresh eating, canning and freezing
  • Disease-tolerant bush plants
A great bush bean for gardeners in northern climates or those who just can't wait for the start of fresh green bean season. Early Contender starts producing nearly a week ahead of most bean varieties. Bears plenty of 6- to 8-in. stringless pods that cook up tender and with a good green bean flavor. Freezes and cans with no loss of quality. Because it requires such a short season, Early Contender is also a good choice for the fall garden. Exhibits good disease and heat tolerance. Bush plants have an upright form and require no staking. Performs best when planted in full sun and in well-drained soil. 49 DAYS.

For each offer ordered, get 2 oz. pkt of seeds

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  • Botanical Name: Phaseolus vulgaris 'Early Contender'; Family: Fabaceae/Leguminosae (Bean Family).
  • Height: 12 - 20 inches.
  • Spacing: Sow 1 inch apart, thin plants to 2 - 3 inches apart, 24 - 36 inches between rows.
  • Depth: 1 - 1.5 inches.
  • Spread: 12 - 18 inches.
  • Light Required: Full sun.
  • Foliage: Green foliage.
  • Fruit: Medium green pods with light tan seeds.
  • Days To Maturity: 49 Days.
  • Zone: 3 - 9 annual.
  • Germination: 6 - 10 days.
  • Form: Upright, no staking required.
  • Soil Requirements: Rich, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0-6.8.
  • Growth Rate: Medium growth rate.
  • Seed Count: 2 oz. packet is approximately 150 seeds, 1/2 lb. is approximately 600 seeds and 2 lbs. is approximately 2400 seeds.
  • Size: 6 - 8 inches long x 1/2 inch wide pods.
  • Comments: No staking needed. Tolerant of BCMV, NY and greasy pod disease.


Most times, orders having items with different shipping schedules are held in full until the entire order is ready to ship based on your grow zone.

Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country using the shipping timeframes outlined below. We continually monitor weather conditions for extreme hot or cold and adjust shipping schedules as needed. Due to hot weather conditions, we are unable to ship most plant items in July and August.

2019 Fall Shipping Schedule
1A to 4B 6/18 - 11/1
5A & 5B 6/18 - 11/1
6A & 6B 6/18 - 11/1
7A & 7B 6/18 - 11/1
8A & 8B 6/18 - 11/1
9A to 10B 6/18 - 11/1
Last Order Date All Grow Zones: Oct 28, 2019

Additional Shipping Notes:

The type of product you order or the weather in our area to yours may affect the anticipated shipping schedule, shifting earlier or later, depending.

Trees and shrubs are kept in the nursery row until full dormant for optimum stress protection.

In all cases, we choose the fastest, most efficient way to send your orders via the U.S. Postal Service or FedEx. Large orders or large items may be shipped to you in multiple packages.

Sorry, we cannot ship products to Hawaii, Alaska, APO/FPO or outside the contiguous United States. Please provide a street address as some products are unable to be delivered to Post Office boxes.

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