Gold Rush's' clusters of yellow pods really pop against the green foliage of the plant so they are easy to harvest. This golden-yellow bean holds its quality well, both on the plant and post-harvest. A good container variety. Disease resistance.
• Botanical Name: Phaseolus vulgaris
• Days to Maturity: 54 days
• Family: Fabaceae
• Native: Mexico and South America
• Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
• Plant Dimensions: 16"–20" tall, wide
• Variety Information: Slender, 5 ½"–6" yellow pods borne in clusters around main stem. 'Gold Rush' is regarded as one of the best wax beans available. It holds its quality and texture in the garden longer than other beans and freezes well. The strong plants bear large crops of white-seeded pods that are easy to harvest. Resistant to bean common mosaic virus, NY15, and curly top virus.
• Type: Snap bean
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 65°F, ideally 70°–85°F. Successive Sowings: Every 7 to 14 days up to 80 days before your average first fall frost date. NOTE: In very hot summer areas, skip sowing as high heat approaches; temperatures consistently above 90°F will prevent beans from forming.
• When to Start Inside: Not recommended.
• Days to Emerge: 6–12 days
• Seed Depth: 1"
• Seed Spacing: 1 seed every 4"
• Row Spacing: 24"
• Thinning: Not required
• Harvesting: Snap beans are ready to pick when the pod "snaps" or breaks in half cleanly. This is when the seeds have just begun to form and the pods are several inches long (depending on the variety). Hold the stem with one hand, and the pod with the other hand to avoid pulling off branches, which will continue to produce. At season's end, plants are great compost material if they are disease-free.