Rattlesnake Snap Beans

March 1, 2017

A couple of years ago I tried a new variety of pole beans for my container garden.  These rattlesnake beans had an unusual name but they grew amazingly well.

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I purchase my rattlesnake bean seeds at Terra Edibles.  I’m lucky enough to live about a 5 minute drive away from this store in Foxboro, Ontario, Canada but you can order online if you aren’t close by.  They carry a huge selection of veggies and flower seeds.  Rattlesnake bean seeds are light brown with brown markings.

This pole bean is easy to grow and produces lots of green pods that have purple streaks within 65 days.

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The pods are 15-24 cm long with purple markings.  If you over cook them the purple will vanish.  They have good flavor and are very tender and are popular in soup. This variety is great for hot, humid areas, which is perfect for me as my plant tables face directly south and get lots of sunlight.  In fact sometimes it get so hot there that I put up umbrella for a bit of shade.

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I’m going to be sharing a series of posts over this growing season so that I can highlight some of the different beans I’m trying this year.  I’ll also add in some ‘bean there’ posts from the archives.   Links will take you to post that have already been done.  I’m looking forward to documenting the growth of these beans.  I hope you will follow along and share your experiences.

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Bean there, grown that!

rattlesnake beansscarlet runner beanspole beans, bush beans,

Deseronto potato beans,  yellow beans, pony beans,

black valentine beans, teary beans, ruby moon hyacinth beans (not edible),

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  1. Kea

    Never heard of them, but what a great name! The pods are really neat. I hope you get a good harvest from your seeds this year. 🙂

    • It was the name that first attracted me to them snd the fact they were heat lovers. I’ve grown them for 2 years now and they have done really well. I recently purchased seeds fir this year. I need to put some to obe side this year and save my own seeds.

  2. Love to see those first shoots curling up from the soil!
    Now that boyfriend is retired, I plan on a LOT more veggie growing…
    Used to be “hurry up” to get back home…not this summer!
    Miss V and I are cooking up a few garden plans as well!
    Can you believe it is March already? 32f here today…off to see the Blue Jays…
    Sun screen is packed!
    Have a great day..
    Linda :o)
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    • Those little seeds slways anaze me when they grow.
      Bet you can’t wait for cottage trips this year, any time of the week and for as long as you want.
      We had record breaking temps for March 1 in our area, 13 Celsius, and heavy rain in the morning, then in the evening they started to drop and the wind picked up considerably. There were a few snow flurries and this morning with the wind chill it feels like -17 Celsius. I call that lion like weather for the start of March.
      Enjoy your hot weather down there.

  3. Robin

    Hi Linda, I like your idea of growing veggies in containers on tables. Great idea! Maybe this would be something I could try. Our deck gets lots of sun so would be a perfect spot for containers.
    Enjoy your day!

  4. I have never heard of them either Linda. I will be following your planting & growing season for sure Linda! Do you eat the pod as well with these beans?

  5. Interesting I have never heard of them . Your umbrella idea is similar to mine only mine is to keep our birdies water cool in the summer . We had nasty thunderstorms and heavy rains last night the lightning was so bad one big strike hit the field beside us and fried our older TV in our bedroom as we were watching it but this morning the Robins were busy feasting on worms as our land is thawed now and the rains brought them to the surface . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !
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    • Good idea providing some shade for the birds. Heavy rain yesterday morning, no thunder, record setting temps of 13 Celsius, the rapidly dropping temps, a few flurries and a wind warning dropped temps down to -17 Celsius with wind chills this morning. Big changes for a few days.

    • I grow scarlet runner beans too, the pretty red flowers attract the humming birds and the pods are good to eat if picked when young. Then I save the seeds for the following year. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. I’m sure that these are the type of beans I used to buy when I lived in Syria, they were delicious cooked in a tomato sauce with chunks of meat served on rice. You could buy them dried too. 🙂 xx
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  7. What a cute plant table! I’m glad to see I’m not the only one that insists on trying to grow vegetables in pots!