Virtues: We love ‘Mascotte’ bush bean for its long, slender, stringless pods bursting with refreshing, crisp, tantalizing flavor. The tasty beans grow profusely and rest above the lush, bright green foliage, making an easy and plentiful harvest all season long. With charming white blooms, vivacious, compact foliage and a delicious, bountiful yield, it is no wonder that ‘Mascotte’ bush bean received the 2014 All-America Selections (AAS) Vegetable Award—the first winning bean since 1991.
Common name: ‘Mascotte’ bush bean
Botanical name: Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Mascotte’
Flowers and fruit: Clusters of showy white flowers bloom in spring, followed closely by the flavorsome pods. The delicate flowers offer a lovely contrast to the brilliant green foliage. Starting in spring, bundles of 5 to 6”, lengthy, slim pods sit above the foliage—allowing for an easy, profuse and continuous harvest—often producing delectable and enticingly crunchy veggies until early fall.
Foliage: Large, broad, vibrant green leaves densely fill the slender stems.
Habit: With a compact, bushy and upright habit, ‘Mascotte’ bush bean can grow 10 to 24 inches in height—typically reaching between 16 and 18 inches—and 8 to 10 inches wide. The neat, dense habit makes this edible plant ideal for patio containers, window boxes and small garden beds.
Season: With a prolific, continuous harvest, these bush-type beans are sure to please throughout spring, summer and autumn.
How to grow ‘Mascotte’ bush bean: Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Mascotte’ grows successfully in most well-drained soils with regular watering. Whether you’re growing them in window boxes, freestanding containers or garden beds, sow seeds in mid-spring, then again every two weeks until midsummer. ‘Mascotte’ bush bean thrives when grown in full sun. Beans should be ready for harvest in 50 to 55 days.
Image courtesy of All-America Selections.
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