Valena Italian Pole Green Bean
'Valena Italian' pole beans at various stages.

Valena Italian Pole Green Bean

$2.45
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Valena Italian Certified Naturally Grown Seed

This bean is one of a handful of family heirlooms that helped us start the Victory Seed Company. It was handed down to us years ago by Denise's maternal Grandfather, Emilio Valena of Sonoma County, California. He was a first generation Italian-American whose relatives in Cino (Lombardy Region) Italy still grow this variety. Our family had grown this bean for years prior to us sharing it with the gardening public in our first annual seed catalog.

75 to 90 days — 'Valena' is a multi-purpose (horticultural-type) pole bean that is used young as a green bean, at the green shelling stage, and mature as a dry bean. The pods are flat, green and tasty when young turning tan with maroon streaks as they mature. The seeds are large, egg-shaped and tan with darker brown streaks.

The vines need good, tall, strong support as they are very vigorous and very productive. This means they get really heavy towards September! In fertile soil, we have had them quickly top our six foot tall trellis system and double back down about half way. For a lot more information on pole bean support systems, click here.

Each packet contains one ounce, which is about 35 seeds.
avid gardener
These grew very well in nw indiana in 2013. Huge bean, great flavor very prolific. I saved seed last year but am ordering more for a large trellis
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from hobart in. on 2/5/2014
5/5
Tasty green beans
These started slow, mostly because I didn't give them enough water at the start, and because they were a little shaded. Once they got regular, deep, waterings the vines shot up and were filled with lots of beans. I did not eat the beans dry, just green, and they were some of the best I've ever tasted!
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Scaborough, ME. on 1/12/2016
4/5
Classic Italian bean
This is a classic Italian bean. It started to pod a few weeks earlier than "Blue Lake" in my garden. I use it primarily for pickling because the thin profile pickles quickly. They can get mealy and fall apart if cooked too long, so I use a raw-pack method. These beans can get huge if left on the vine. I pick them when they are about a half-inch wide. The vines can reach eight feet easily and are very leafy, so it can be hard to find all the beans. Luckily, a few overripe beans don't seem to slow the harvest any.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Michigan. on 1/13/2016
5/5
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