Blue Lake Fm1 Pole Bean

Blue Lake Fm1 Pole Bean

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1.5 (2 reviews)
Unbeatable flavor and quality of this bean makes it a long-time favorite for freezing, canning, and fresh use. Provides huge yields of 6 inch, smooth, straight, and stringless, round, dark green pods. White seeded.
2 ounces
1/2 Pound

Product Details

: 51
: Spring
: 1
: Fertile, well-drained
: Inoculant
: Spring
: 1 - Easy
: Pods

Physical Details

Height: 84
: Green
: Green
: 6 to 10
: 59
: 4 to 6
: Yes
: Determinate
: OpenPollinated

Scientific Details

: Phaseolus
: vulgaris
: Blue Lake Fm1

Shipping Details

: ID
Product Reviews
1.5 (2 reviews)
  • By Bob B
    From Shawano, WI
    Have had trouble getting started
  • By Sharon M
    From Highland, WI
    Not a good experience with this variety -- found they have strings!!
    * Admin Notes added 3/26/2010 10:45:45 PM:
    Thanks for your comment. We had Blue Lake FM1 in our trial gardens here in Randolph in 2009 (along with a number of other bush and pole snap beans). What we found was that many of our stringless beans had... strings! Many of our customers also had this problem too with various varieties. We checked with our vendors and the tests came back showing that the seed lots were pure.
    According to a University of Wisconsin bean breeder, this is a response by the bean plant to stressful growing conditions -- beans like warm weather with suffiecient moisture. Unfortunately, for most people in the U.S., 2009 was unseasonably cool or was extremely moist or extremely dry. These conditions stress the plants and make them have strings. Also, for shelling-type beans, stressful growing conditions makes the seed coat a bit tougher -- which becomes a problem when you soak them before cooking. If a snap bean is allowed to have a bit of a bean develop in them before they are picked, the bean seed may be a bit tough after the pod is cooked.
    I hope this information helps you out, and I encourage you to give this variety another try.