Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris 'Amana') in the Beans Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Uses: Vegetable
Edible Parts: Fruit
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Sow in situ
Pollinators: Bees


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Location: My garden, Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens in South Amana, IADate: 2009-06-30
By LarryR
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Location: My garden, Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens in South Amana, IADate: Fall 2012
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Posted by LarryR (South Amana, IA - Zone 5a) on Oct 3, 2012 12:15 PM

Typical of many European varieties, this green string bean is flat, as opposed to its more rounded American counterpart. Flavor is delicious and much superior to that of any American rounded variety. Culture is identical to that of other green bean varieties (sow to thickness of seed after danger of frost has passed). Plant rows 4-5 feet apart, as plants have a greater tendency to vine than most American varieties. Seeds may be harvested in late summer or fall, after the pods have lost their green color. Other varieties of green beans should not be grown in the same garden (or should be planted as far away as possible), if seed is to be harvested.

This variety was brought from Germany to the Amana villages in Iowa ( by a group of German Inspirationists.

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