Cherokee Wax Bean Plant Info – How To Grow Cherokee Wax Beans

A Pile Of Cherokee Wax Beans
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Yellow wax Cherokee beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) are standard, black seeded bush beans. They produce long, waxy yellow pods in short order compared with other bush beans. Yellow wax bean care is relatively simple. If you are considering growing Cherokee wax beans in your home garden, read on. We’ll give you lots of information, as well as tips on how to grow Cherokee wax beans.

Yellow Wax Cherokee Beans

Cherokee wax beans produce five to six inch (12-15 cm.) long yellow pods from 18 inch (46 cm.) tall bean bushes. The beans are delicious whether eaten fresh, frozen, or canned. 

Cherokee wax bean plants are warm season annuals that are ready for harvest in a little more than 50 days after germination. They produce a generous crop of beans that keep coming for two weeks or more.

How to Grow Cherokee Wax Beans

If you are wondering how to grow Cherokee wax beans, planting and caring for them is very similar to other beans. Direct sow the seeds in a full sun location in your garden. Wait until the soil temperature is about 60 degrees F. (16 C.). 

Plant the seeds one inch deep (2.5 cm.) and two inches apart (5 cm.), with rows about 24 inches apart (61 cm.). The yellow wax Cherokee beans will germinate in ten days or less. Thin the seedlings to one every four inches. The bean plants do not need supports and grow into bean bushes between 16 and 18 inches (41-46 cm.) tall.

Yellow Wax Bean Care

Yellow wax bean care starts with irrigation. Water the bean plants about one inch of water a week. It is important to keep the soil moist while the beans are flowering or else the flowers will fall. When you are irrigating, do not wet the leaves since that promotes disease. 

Cherokee bush beans don’t need enriched soil to grow well. However, you’ll get a better yield if you scatter general purpose fertilizer between rows, ½ cup per ten feet (3 m.) of row. Pick the beans before the pods fill out completely. They should still snap. If you harvest beans at the right time, the plants will continue producing for several weeks.

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Teo Spengler

Teo Spengler has been gardening for 30 years. She is a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her passion is trees, 250 of which she has planted on her land in France.