Rattlesnake Bean (Pole)


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The Rattlesnake Pole Bean is a sight to see, named for their snake-like coils around the vine! These 6-8-inch-long green and purple-streaked pods grow from stunning purple flowers on the vine. As an heirloom cultivar, it is easy to grow, has good flavor, and is very tender. The beautiful tan and dark-brown speckled seeds are also delicious in soups and stews.

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Plant Name:
Bean, Rattlesnake
Latin Name:
Phaseolus vulgarus
Days to Germinate: 6-10
Days to Harvest: 65
Germination Rate: 89%
Test Date: 9/21
Growth Habit: Vining
USDA Zones: 3-12
Lifespan: Annual
Country of Origin: United States
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Heirloom, Open-Pollinated
Fungicide-Treated Seeds:*: No
Seeds Packed For**: 2022

*Fungicide-treated seeds protect the seedlings from diseases until they are up and growing. Do not eat treated seeds.
**Seeds are freshly packed for the growing season of the year listed. Seeds are still viable beyond pack date. Store in a cool and dry location such as the refrigerator or basement to best preserve germination rates.

Planting Instructions:


Soil Preparation:

Remove weeds, large rocks, and litter from the planting area. Till the soil 8-10 inches deep and rake several times to break up large clods. It is best to do this when the soil is dry enough to not stick to garden tools. Loosening the soil will help the plant establish strong roots.


In the Spring, plant beans after all danger of frost has passed. In the Fall, plant beans 10 to 12 weeks before the first expected frost. For large plots, use ¼ to ½ pound of seed for each 100 feet of row of beans. Plant pole beans in hills about 3 feet apart in the row. Space the rows about 3-4 feet apart. Place a 6-8-foot stake in the center of each hill. Plant  3-4 seeds around the stake about 1 inch deep in the soil. Planting in moist soil is best for seeds to germinate and emerge quickly.

Planting Depth: 1 inch
Within-Row Spacing:
3 feet
Between-Row Spacing:
3-4 feet


Care During the Season:

Watering: Water the plants about once a week in dry weather. Try not to let the soil dry out while the beans are blooming or the blooms will drop and yields will be decreased.

Weeding: The roots of beans grow near the soil surface. When hoeing and pulling weeds, try not to dig too deep to prevent the plant's roots from damage.

Fertilizing: As the plants begin to flower and set beans, you may optionally apply fertilizer to help plants produce more beans. Apply by scattering between the rows about 1/2 cup of fertilizer for every 10 feet of row. Water the plants after fertilizing.

Insecticides: Insecticides may be used to protect plants. Bt-based insecticides and sulfur are organic options. Sulfur also has fungicidal properties and helps in controlling many diseases. Before using a pesticide, read the label and always follow cautions, warnings and directions.

Diseases: Diseases may be a possibility during cool, wet weather. If spots appear on leaves or bean pods, treat the plant with an approved fungicide. Neem oil, sulfur, and other fungicides may be used.


Pick beans when they are about 6 inches long for best taste. If beans are picked, the plants will continue producing for several weeks. Beans are over-mature if they are tough, dry, fading in color, or stringy. Fresh beans can be frozen or stored in a refrigerator for a week.


Nutrition Facts:

Calories 670
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.4 g 3%
Saturated fat 0.5 g 2%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.8 g
Monounsaturated fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 23 mg 0%
Potassium 2688 mg 76%
Total Carbohydrate 121 g 40%
Dietary fiber 30 g 120%
Sugar 4.1 g
Protein 41 g 82%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 21% Iron 54%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 45%
Cobalamin 0% Magnesium 85%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.