Tough Beans - Knowledgebase Question

Simpsonville, KY
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Question by fischer6
July 13, 1998
The roma (flat) green beans that I planted this year are tough. I have harvested mature and less mature and there seems to be no difference. Could it be the source of the seed? Or the weather conditions?

Answer from NGA
July 13, 1998
Beans grow best in cool weather, and the most tender, tasty beans are those that are harvested before they mature. The Roma beans have a distinctive flavor and slightly different texture than regular string beans. If could be that you're not harvesting soon enough - don't let your Roma's get longer than about 4 inches before harvesting. The toughness may also be caused by warm weather. Try planting a second crop of beans. They'll mature during the cooler fall days and should be tender if harvested when still small.

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