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Plant Profile: Bush Bean ‘Derby’ (Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Derby’)

With round, straight, long pods, ‘Derby’ bush bean is a good choice for the home vegetable garden. The stringless pods are extra tender, flavorful and easy to pick. The seeds develop slowly and so the pods can be picked over a long period of time without becoming tough and stringy. Plants are resistance to Bean Common Mosaic Virus and tolerant of powdery mildew. At 15-20” high, they never have to be staked. An All America Selection winner in 1990 and still popular.

Days to Harvest: 57.

Planting Date: When soil is at least 65 F.

Spacing: Plant 1-1½” deep, 1” apart, in rows 24-36” apart. Thin to 2-3” apart.

Germination: 6-10 days.

Size: Plants, 18-20” H x 24” W; fruit, 6-7” best harvested at 5”.

Light: Full sun.

Water: Keep evenly moist through out the growing season.

Soil: Average, moist, well drained; benefit from working 1-2″ of composted manure into the soil before planting.

Fertilizer: Beans can provide themselves with nitrogen. In poor soil add a fertilizer low in nitrogen (first number), and high in phosphorous and potassium, like 5-10-10.

Care: Harvest when beans are about 5’ long.

Pests and Diseases: Deer, birds, Mexican bean beetle, rust.

Suitable for containers? Yes.

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