This heirloom is called Contender because it competes for the championship of all beans.  This early variety is a heavy yielder with medium-green, stringless pods that can be harvested within 50 days!

Contender is delicious straight from the garden to the table, and also retains great flavor when canning or freezing.  What a winner!  

Plant your seeds in the spring after the last chance of frost, one inch deep in full sun and in rich, well-drained soil.  Heirloom beans like soil that is slightly acidic, with a pH of about 6.5.  Plant two seeds every 4-6 inches.  When plants are about one inch tall, thin to one plant every 4-6 inches.  Rows should be spaced 2 to 3 feet apart.  If planted in a 4 foot wide bed, sow two rows that are 18 inches apart.

Keep soil moist but not soggy, and avoid watering the foliage.  Beans produce their own nitrogen, and fertilizer is not needed if planted in rich soil.

Matures in 50 days.  Smooth pods are 6-8" in length.  For a continuous harvest, sow new plants every 7-14 days up to 50 days before first fall frost.

Tolerates mosaic virus, greasy pod and heat.

Contender was bred by the Southeastern Vegetable Breeding Laboratory, Charleston, South Carolina.  It was released in 1949 with the cooperation of the Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida Agricultural Experimental Stations.
"Cool Beans!"
By Miss Lady Bug


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