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Early Contender Bush Bean

An Early-Cropping Favorite

Early Contender Bush Bean

An Early-Cropping Favorite

  • Produces up to a week earlier than most
  • Stringless pods grow 6-8 in. long
  • Tasty fresh, canned or frozen
  • Disease resistant and heat tolerant
Bush Bean Early Contender 2 oz
Product Description
Good news for Northern gardeners! Early Contender lets you start the fresh bean season a week earlier. This vigorous bush bean begins producing well ahead of most varieties, bearing an abundance of stringless pods that reach 6-8 inches long. The beans cook up nicely, becoming tender and full of fresh flavor. Plus, Early Contender freezes and cans like a champ--with absolutely no loss of bean quality. Since it requires only a short season to mature, you can easily make it a fall crop. Exhibits excellent resistance to common diseases and tolerates the heat well. Bush plants are upright and strong--no staking needed. Prefers full sun and well-drained soil. 49 days to maturity.
Product Details
  • Botanical Name: Phaseolus vulgaris 'Early Contender'
  • Season: both Spring & Fall
  • Sun/Shade: Full Sun
  • Height: 12 - 20 inches.
  • Spacing: Sow 1 inch apart, thin plants to 2 - 3 inches apart, 24 - 36 inches between rows.
  • Zone: 3-9
  • Spread: 12 - 18 inches.
  • Foliage:Green foliage.
  • Depth:1 - 1.5 inches.
  • Germination: 6 - 10 Days
  • Days to Maturity: 49 Days
  • Yield: 100 pounds/100 foot row
  • Fruit: Medium green pods with light tan seeds. 6 - 8 inches long x 1/2 inch wide pods.
  • Growth Rate: Medium growth rate.
  • Form: Vegetable, Bush Bean
  • Seed Count: 2 oz. packet is approximately 150 seeds, 1/2 lb. is approximately 600 seeds and 2 lbs. is approximately 2400 seeds.
  • Size: 2 Lb
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Orders for in-stock seeds and hardgoods are typically shipped within 5 business days.

Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country during the shipping timeframes outlined below:


Spring 2021 Shipping Schedule
Zones Sweet Potatoes Potatoes Tomatoes & Peppers
1A-4A 5/17/21 - 6/4/21 3/29/21 - 6/11/21 5/24/21 - 6/4/21
4B 5/17/21 - 6/4/21 3/29/21 - 6/11/21 5/24/21 - 6/4/21
5A 5/10/21 - 6/4/21 3/15/21 - 6/11/21 5/17/21 - 6/4/21
5B 4/26/21 - 6/4/21 3/15/21 - 6/11/21 5/17/21 - 6/4/21
6A 4/26/21 - 6/4/21 3/15/21 - 6/11/21 5/10/21 - 6/4/21
6B 4/26/21 - 6/4/21 3/1/21 - 6/11/21 5/10/21 - 6/4/21
7A 4/26/21 - 6/4/21 2/25/21 - 6/11/21 4/19/21 - 6/4/21
7B 4/26/21 - 6/4/21 2/22/21 - 6/11/21 4/19/21 - 6/4/21
8A 4/19/21 - 6/4/21 2/18/21 - 6/11/21 4/12/21 - 6/4/21
8B 4/19/21 - 6/4/21 2/15/21 - 6/11/21 4/12/21 - 6/4/21
9A & B 4/19/21 - 6/4/21 2/8/21 - 6/11/21 4/12/21 - 6/4/21
10A & B 4/12/21 - 6/4/21 2/8/21 - 6/11/21 4/12/21 - 6/4/21
Last Order Date 5/31/2021 6/7/2021 5/31/2021

Spring 2021 Shipping Schedule
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1A-4A 5/7/21 - 6/4/21 3/29/21 - 6/4/21 4/5/21 - 5/7/21
4B 5/7/21 - 6/4/21 3/29/21 - 6/4/21 3/29/21 - 5/7/21
5A 5/7/21 - 6/4/21 3/1/21 - 6/4/21 3/22/21 - 5/7/21
5B 5/3/21 - 6/4/21 3/1/21 - 6/4/21 3/22/21 - 5/7/21
6A 4/29/21 - 6/4/21 3/1/21 - 6/4/21 3/1/21 - 5/7/21
6B 4/26/21 - 6/4/21 3/1/21 - 6/4/21 2/22/21 - 5/7/21
7A 4/15/21 - 6/4/21 2/8/21 - 6/4/21 2/15/21 - 5/7/21
7B 4/12/21 - 6/4/21 2/8/21 - 6/4/21 2/8/21 - 5/7/21
8A 4/5/21 - 6/4/21 2/8/21 - 5/14/21 1/25/21 - 5/7/21
8B 4/5/21 - 6/4/21 2/8/21 - 5/14/21 1/25/21 - 5/7/21
9A & B 3/29/21 - 6/4/21 2/8/21 - 5/14/21 1/4/21 - 5/7/21
10A & B 3/29/21 - 6/4/21 2/8/21 - 5/14/21 1/4/21 - 5/7/21
Last Order Date 5/31/2021 1A-7B: 5/31/2021
8A-10B: 5/10/2021
5/3/2021

Spring 2021 Shipping Schedule
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1A-4A 4/12/21 - 5/28/21 5/3/21 - 6/4/21 5/3/21 - 5/21/21
4B 4/12/21 - 5/28/21 5/3/21 - 6/4/21 4/19/21 - 5/21/21
5A 3/29/21 - 5/28/21 4/12/21 - 6/4/21 3/29/21 - 5/21/21
5B 3/15/21 - 5/28/21 3/29/21 - 6/4/21 3/15/21 - 5/21/21
6A 3/1/21 - 5/28/21 3/15/21 - 6/4/21 3/8/21 - 5/21/21
6B 3/1/21 - 5/28/21 3/1/21 - 6/4/21 3/1/21 - 5/21/21
7A 2/22/21 - 5/28/21 2/25/21 - 6/4/21 2/22/21 - 5/21/21
7B 2/22/21 - 5/28/21 2/22/21 - 6/4/21 2/22/21 - 5/21/21
8A 2/15/21 - 5/28/21 2/18/21 - 5/14/21 2/15/21 - 4/30/21
8B 2/15/21 - 5/28/21 2/15/21 - 5/14/21 2/15/21 - 4/30/21
9A & B 1/18/21 - 5/28/21 2/8/21 - 5/14/21 2/8/21 - 4/30/21
10A & B 1/18/21 - 5/28/21 2/8/21 - 5/14/21 2/8/21 - 4/30/21
Last Order Date 5/24/2021 1A-7B: 5/31/2021
8A-10B: 5/10/2021
1A-7B: 5/17/2021
8A-10B: 4/26/2021

Spring 2021 Shipping Schedule
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1A 5/10/21 - 10/29/21 5/10/21 - 10/29/21
1B - 2A 5/10/21 - 10/29/21 5/10/21 - 10/29/21
2B - 3B 4/26/21 - 10/29/21 4/26/21 - 10/29/21
4A - 6A 4/12/21 - 10/29/21 4/12/21 - 10/29/21
6B - 7A 4/5/21 - 10/29/21 4/5/21 - 10/29/21
7B - 8B 3/8/21 - 10/29/21 3/8/21 - 10/29/21
9A - 10B 2/22/21 -10/29/21 2/22/21 -10/29/21
Last Order Date 10/25/2021 10/25/2021

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The type of product you order or the weather in our area or yours may affect the anticipated shipping schedule.

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Please note that we cannot ship outside of the continental United States.

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