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65 days. Compact bush plants grow impeccably uniform to about 12 inches tall; yet despite their smaller stature, they relentlessly produce long, straight, thin beans by the fistfuls. At 5–6 inches long and only 3/16 inch wide, the pods pack in loads of hearty, delicious bean flavor. Compass is the perfect choice for small-space gardens, tight plantings, or even cultivation in containers. White seeds; 310 per ounce.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Thomas A.
Thinnest filet beans ever!

I usually opt for filet pole beans and have a lot of towers. My favorite bean there is Emerite. However the Compass bush bean is indispensable. I grow a lot of them and can't keep up eating so many, so I slightly blanch a lot, dry them, and put them in zip lock bags in the freezer. They last a long time there and when I use them I thaw and lightly braise them in butter. They are just as good as the freshly picked ones from my garden. I found the blanching/freezing is preferable to canning -- less work and the beans stay crispy.

I protect the plants from rabbits by surrounding loosely with chicken wire.

I have found the Compass seeds are prolific for a full year, so I select the 2 oz size packet and plant nearly all spaced out over three to four weeks.

A garden favorite

These were flavorful beans. The plants were prolific producers and they produced consistently until the frost killed them here in zone 7. Our favorite way to eat these was by steaming them. We only planted a few of these last year, so we did not have the opportunity to can them.

Soil Temp for Germ 60–85°F
Seed Depth 1"
Seed Spacing 2–4"
Days to Emergence 8–16
Thin Plants to 4"
Row Spacing 18–36"
Fertilizer Needs Low
Minimum Germination 80%
Seeds per Ounce Listed per variety
Seed Life 2–3 years

Rich and flavorful beans are fiber-packed veggies that promote digestive health and are excellent sources of antioxidants that scavenge free radicals in the body. They are also nitrogen-fixing legumes; beans gather nitrogen from the air and load it into the soil to feed future crops.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

• Beans are shallow rooted and can require up to 1/4 inch of water a day during hot weather
• Optimum soil pH is 5.5-6.5, mildly acidic
• Apply 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 10 row feet, and 1 inch of compost

Direct Sowing
• One ounce of seed plants 12-15 row feet, 1/2 pound for 100 row feet
• Grow Pole, Runner, and Yard Long beans on trellises

Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: Mexican bean beetles, bean weevils, cucumber beetles, spider mites
• Insect control: Pyrethrin
• Common diseases: See chart below
• Disease prevention: Avoid wetting the foliage, remove plants at the end of the year, 3-4 year crop rotation

Harvest & Storage
• Ready for harvest about 2 weeks after bloom
• Pick when pods are nearly full size and seeds are still small
• Harvest every 3-5 days to increase yields
• Store at 40-45°F and 95% relative humidity

HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
A* | Anthracnose
BB | Bacterial Blight
BBS | Bacterial Brown Spot
BLS | Bacterial Leaf Spot
BMV | Bean Mosaic Virus
CTM | Curly Top Beet Mosaic Virus
DM | Downy Mildew
HB | Halo Blight
PM | Powdery Mildew
PMV | Pod Mottle Virus
R | Common Rust
* Numbers indicate specific disease race.

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