Roma II Romano Bean (Bush)


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Roma II Romano Bean is an Italian classic! This heirloom variety produces thick, meaty, flat, and stringless 5-7-inch-long, slightly wavy-edged beans. These bright-green podded, all-white beans are prolific and high-yielding bush beans. Their meaty texture adds substance to dishes and makes them perfect for soups, stews, salads, or as a standalone side dish. Enjoy raw, steamed, sauteed, in pasta dishes, soups, or stews. 

Also Known As: Roma 2 Beans, Flat Beans, Italian Roma Bean, Italian Green Bean, Helda, Runner, Broad Beans, Bush Beans

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Plant Name:
Bean, Roma II
Latin Name:
Phaseolus vulgarus
Days to Germinate: 6-10
Days to Harvest: 60
Germination Rate: 85%
Test Date: 1/23
Growth Habit: Bush
USDA Zones: 3-12
Lifespan: Annual
Brand: TomorrowSeeds
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Heirloom, Open-Pollinated
Fungicide-Treated Seeds:*: No
Seeds Packed For**: 2024
*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. Plant bush beans 1 inch deep and 3-4 inches apart in the rows that are 2 feet apart. Planting in moist soil is best for seeds to germinate and emerge quickly. 

Planting Depth: 1 inch
Within-Row Spacing:
3-4 inches
Between-Row Spacing:
2 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 Roma II Beans when they are about 5-6 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. 


Nutrition Facts:

Calories 31
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 6 mg 0%
Potassium 209 mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 7 g 2%
Dietary fiber 3.4 g 13%
Protein 1.8 g 3%
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 27%
Calcium 3% Iron 5%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 5%
Cobalamin 0% Magnesium 6%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.