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Heirloom Great Northern Shell Bean Seeds | Grow Great Northern Shell Bean

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The Great Northern Shell Bean is traditionally credited to Oscar Will, who claims to have obtained it from a Hidatsa Indian in the late 1800s.

Faster to cook than Navy Beans, the Great Northern Shell Bean is succulent and easy to cook. Used in households throughout the world, this heavy yielding bean grows on robust bushes.

Average: 92 days

Detailed planting instructions:

Beans are generally direct seeded in the garden. The most important point to remember about growing green beans is not to plant them too early. They will rot in cool, damp soil. To get an earlier start, you can put down black plastic to warm the soil.

When bush beans begin producing they often come in all at once. Staggered planting, every 2 weeks, will keep your bush beans going longer. Beans like a moderately rich soil with a slightly acidic pH of about 6.0 to 6.2.

They prefer a loose, moist soil. Plant after all danger of frost is past.

Plant bush beans in either rows or blocks, with 4-6 inches between each seed. Plant the seeds 1-2 inches deep and be sure to water the soil immediately and regularly, until it sprouts.


Harvesting beans is an ongoing process. You can start to harvest anytime, but gardeners usually wait until the beans begin to firm up and can be snapped. They are generally about as think as a pencil then. Don’t wait too long, because beans can become overgrown and tough almost overnight. Harvest by gently pulling each bean from the vine or by snapping off the vine end, if you are going to be using the beans right away.


It is a suggested that you earmark a couple of plants at the beginning of the season for seed saving. Don’t pick ANY pods from them to eat - just pick the crisp brown pods at the end of the season. Don’t feed them, or water them unless it is very dry - as this can encourage leafy growth rather than pod development. There is no point in picking green pods as the seeds are not mature enough at this stage.
  • Comes in E-Z Lock resealable, reusable triple-layered foil packets
  • Seeds are open pollinated and can be grown, harvested, and replanted endlessly
  • Dried & sealed airtight for long-term storage
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great northern bean seeds June 4, 2016
Reviewer: Deborah Wyckoff from Monticello, AR United States  
100% of the seeds I planted gaerminated. They look good.

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excellent product June 4, 2016
Reviewer: Sandra Newby from New Calisle, IN United States  
Great packaging and the shipment was fast.  I can't wait to plant them.  The product and price can't be beat!

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northern beans May 10, 2016
Reviewer: Pat Freese from Lincoln, IL United States  
are up and growing, cant wait for fall to try them!
love packaging!!!!!

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Very Good March 22, 2016
Reviewer: Karen Dodge from Rockaway, NJ United States  
The package arrived in good condition the seeds are package extremely nice and are marked very clearly.
Would definitely recommend this product. I have not planted yet but I expect all to go well.

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Thus Far November 6, 2015
Reviewer: MelissaAndGreg Bryant from Smoot, WV United States  
Growing season is behind us thus far, however i do anticipate a good garden in 2016.

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