Lazy Housewife Beans

The ‘Lazy Wife’ bean, which dates from at least 1882, is prolific and set beans in clusters that are easy to pick plus, they are the first true string-less bean.

They are a late-season pole variety that is often slow to start climbing. It produces an abundance of large, medium-green leaves followed by medium-green pods that measure five and one-half to six inches long. They contain five to seven beans, which are white with light gray veins. Picked young, for green beans, they are brittle, fine-textured, and have a fine flavor.  You will be surprised how many beans you find yourself picking every day especially on hot august days with plenty of water!   ‘Lazy Wife’ also produces first-rate shelling beans, if the pods are left to ripen a little longer. They also make a nice dried bean.  Dry the entire pod, which are a fair size, in an area with good air movement and then it is easy to pop all the seeds out of the hard dried pods.

Lazy Housewife Bean is fairly low maintenance and quite easy to grow.  Plant after frost danger in spring. The vines can reach 10 feet tall, maturing in 80 days.

Try growing them is up tee-pees.

For a Fall Harvest: The beans can be direct-seeded either in spring after frost danger or in early summer, since the plants need at least 75 days to mature. Once they start bearing, and you keep picking, they do not quit until fall frost.

Space plants at least 6 inches apart. Remember they can grow to 10 ft tall so make your vine holder tall

Plant the seeds 1-2 inches deep and be sure to water the soil immediately and regularly, until they sprout.

We often start our seeds in the green house in flats on heated beds. We harden them off and transplant outdoors when the soil warms.

Soil temp for beans = 21C or more

PH 6 – 6.5

Beans can fix their own nitrogen and don’t need much supplemental fertilizer, but you should still amend the soil with organic matter and use a cup of balanced organic fertilizer per 10 ft row

The most important point about growing green beans is not to plant them too early. They will rot in cool, damp soil.

They may need some initial help in climbing. You can coax the vines around your trellis, until they are able to twine themselves.

Keep the bean plants well watered, or they will stop flowering. Beans have shallow roots and mulching will help keep them cool and moist.

Although beans can feed themselves, pole beans produce over such a long period that they will benefit from a feeding in mid-season.

Pests and Problems:

Lots of insects love beans as much as you do, including:

  • Mexican bean beetles – will eat flowers, beans and especially leaves.
  • Slugs – will eat any part that comes near the ground, keep them up on the trellis
  • deer will eat them, keep them fenced

Enjoy, we think they are the best ever for eating green.

We use them dried for re-fryed beans plus make baked beans out of them.


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