Introduced in 1949, Contender (Buff) is a superb bush bean with huge yields on small plants. Earlier than most heirloom beans and perfect for market. (60 days)
Sow beans 1 to 2 inches deep, in full sun, when danger of frost is past. Soaking seeds 1 to 2 hours before planting will speed germination. Beans will rot if soil is too cold or very damp. Sow bush-types 6 to 12 inches apart in beds, pole-types 6 inches apart in rows. Provide support for poll-types.
Harvest for snaps when pods are good sized; keep snaps well picked, as production slows as seed matures. All varieties of strings will develop in over-mature pods. For dry beans leave pods on plants until dry, or pick when leathery and dry indoors.