Kentucky Wonder Pole Green Bean
Kentucky Wonder Pole Green Bean

Kentucky Wonder Pole Green Bean

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Pre-1850s heirloom. Long, fleshy, and stringless pods on vines.
Kentucky Wonder

65 days (to green bean stage) — 'Kentucky Wonder' is a green pole bean with seven to nine inch long, fleshy (rather coarse), fiberless pods that can be slightly stringy. They are curved, somewhat S-shaped, broad-oval and crease-backed in cross section, rough, wrinkled, with seeds filling to the tip and edge but not crowded. Very reliable, early maturing, and productive. An old favorite enjoyed fresh, canned, frozen or dried. Its buffy-brown seeds can also be used dry as an excellent baking bean.

Although this variety is now almost exclusively known as 'Kentucky Wonder', it is a very old heirloom that has been known by many other synonyms over the decades. Some of its other common names included, 'American Sickle Pole', 'Eastern Wonder', 'Egg Harbor', 'Georgia Monstrous Pole', 'Improved Southern Prolific', 'Missouri Prolific', 'Old Homestead Pole' and 'Texas Pole'.[1]

This popular variety was grown throughout the South by the 1850s and first mentioned in publication in an 1864 edition of "Country Gentleman" magazine under the name, 'Texas Pole'.[1] James J. H. Gregory & Sons released it commercially as 'Kentucky Wonder' in 1877. Under this name or one of its many synonyms, it has been one of the most popular green beans of all time. Each ounce is approximately 75 seeds.
Kentucky Wonder
I really had great success with this bean, I know why the are called Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean, they continued on up the line until they finally pulled my wire down. Our plants where really heavy producers of beans, I had to keep giving the away, we couldn't eat the all. They are still producing now in October.
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Reviewed by:  from Washington State. on 10/6/2012
Kentucky Wonder pole bean
I didn't have any luck with these beans this year. It has been 25 years since I last grew them. I remembered them being a nice string bean. This year however though a lot of beans were produced the pods were all flat. The row of Blue Lakes right beside the Kentucky Wonders grew perfectly. I don't know what the problem was but I probably will not try this bean again for a while.

[Note from Mike: It sounds like maybe you stopped growing them 25 years ago because you prefer 'Blue Lake' style pods. From your decription, they sound correct. 'Blue Lake' and 'Kentucky Wonder' are quite different varieties. I have added additional descriptive information from my personal grow outs as well as from the USDA's descriptive bulletin from 1931 entitled, "Beans of New York." ~Mike]
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Eugene, OR. on 9/7/2013
Amazing harvest!
I'm pretty sure the fable Jack In The Bean Stalk was written about Kentucky Wonder. I have never had luck with this bean in the three sisters companion planting as it grows taller than all the corn and sunflowers I've planted it with! Amazing harvest, gives enough to can for the winter and donate to a food bank too!
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Reviewed by:  from Missouri. on 2/6/2015
I will never grow another bush style bean. These things produced a lot and are easier to pick.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Central Illinois. on 9/9/2021
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