Stringless Green Bean Varieties

Last Updated on March 28, 2022 by Maria B.

Most of the green bean varieties we have are now stringless. These are the newer cultivars that have been bred to reduce strings. Hence, we can refer to them as green beans without strings.

The two main green beans varieties are pole beans and bush beans. These two varieties come in different cultivars ranging from, meaty Roma types, broad, thin, and delicate French filet beans. The bean pods can come in round or flat shapes. It can as well come in different colors such as green, yellow, or mottled.

Let’s dive in and take a look at the various green bean varieties we have.

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Stringless Green Bean Varieties
Stringless Green Bean Varieties
Stringless Green Beans Varieties

As we said, stringless green beans are of two types namely bush beans and pole beans. All of which have comes in dozens of cultivars. So, let’s take a look at these two stringless green bean types and their varieties.

No String Green Beans Varieties

Bush Beans – Stringless Beans

Bush bean is a type of stringless green bean variety that grows in a bushy manner. This type of beans does not require support because the plant will grow together and support each other when properly spaced.

Here are some bush bean cultivars and some info on them:


Contender is a type of bush bean variety that grows within 50 to 55 days. This type of cultivar is one of the best bush beans for cool or short summer gardens. Hence it is heat tolerant. They are so flavorful and will give rise to about 6 to 8 inches slightly curved stringless pods.


The provider is another bush bean variety that has about 52 days to maturity. It produces medium-green, round, stringless pods of about 5 and a half to 6 inches long. Their tasteful flavor is retained even after pickling.

This bush bean variety tends to thrive well in cooler soil or cool weather. They are as well ideal for early or late sowing and it does well in heat and adverse weather. Hence, it can be adapted for various regions.


Maxibel bush bean cultivars will give rise to slender stringless pods of about 7 inches. They are dark green filet beans and they will mature in about 60 days.

Bush Beans - Maxibel Stringless Beans


Jade bush bean variety is a very productive and flavorful type. They will mature in 60 days and produce straight dark-green round pods.

Blue Lake

Blue lake bush bean cultivar will produce long, stringless pods, with deep rich color. Their maturity period is around 51 to 60 days and their pods are rounded with 5 to 6 lengths. The bushy plant is about 12 to 22 inches long.


This Harvesters is another bush bean variety that thrives well in warm southern areas. It takes about 50 to 60 days to reach maturity. Their pods are round, stringless, medium-green pods and they range 5 to 6 inches long.


Greencrop takes about 55 days to harvest. They have great flavor and they are tender and meaty. Their pods are flat and are 8 inches long but half-inch wide. It can be used fresh or used for freezing or canning.


Topcrop is another great bush ban variety that takes about 45 to 53 days to harvest. They are meaty, tender, and flavorful. Their pods are emerald green, straight, stringless pf about 6 to 7 inches long, and are slightly curved. They are also oblong, round, and mottled.

The plant will grow about 18 inches to 24 inches tall. They are ideal for eating fresh, freezing, and canning.

Top Crop Bush Green Bean Seeds


Derby bush bean is another variety that takes 57 days to reach harvest and they have great flavor. Their pods are green, straight, dark, and oval. The pod is about 7 inches long. However, it’s best when picked at 5 inches long. They are excellent for freezing and canning.

Pole Green Beans

Pole green beans from their name grow pole manner and will require support. They can grow up to 8 to 10 feet tall. Here are some varieties of pole beans and their characteristics:


Fortex is a type of pole bean variety that will take about 60 to 70 days to mature. They give rise to one of the longest pods of pole bean and can grow up to 11 inches. Their pods are round, stringless, and slender and they have dark brown seeds.

Kentucky Wonder

The Kentucky wonder pole beans are an American classic that produces tasteful pods that are great for eating fresh, canning, pickling, or freezing.  it takes about 58 to 72 days to mature. Kentucky wonder beans give rise to prolific and disease-resistant yield.

Blue Lake

Blue lake pole bean variety will attain maturity in 62 to 75 days. They offer sweet and juicy flavors and can be canned, froze, or baked. Their pod appearance is oval, straight, and dark-green and the bean is stringless. Their pod length is about 5 and a half to 7 inches long.

Scarlet Runner

Scarlet runner pole beans will take 70 days for young pods to grow and 115 days for shell beans. They give rise to edible and delicious when young. The pods will toughen as they get to maturity stage or full size.

They grow large, vigorous, and are climbers that give rise to big pods. They will also grow large beans if they are allowed to attain good maturity.

The scarlet runner bean also produces flowers or blooms that attract the fascinating hummingbirds during summer.


The Romano is another flavorful and meaty pole bean variety. It is quite popular in Europe because of its unique flavor. It will take about 60 to 70 days to attain maturity.


The Kwintus pole beans are a flavorful and tender bean variety. Their pods are long, flat, and green and can grow up to 11 inches in length. They can grow up to 8 feet tall.

Kwintus pole beans

What kind of green beans are stringless?

If you mean “stringless” as in no strings, then they’re called French Green Beans. There are many different types, including stringless French, stringless wax, and stringless snap beans. The main difference is that they have more tips (also known as the “eyes”) than regular green beans.
They are also usually less sweet.

How do you grow stringless green beans?

If you have access to an area that gets full sun, it is very easy to grow them. You can start your seedlings in flats and transplant them into bigger containers as they get bigger. You can put a piece of cardboard over them to keep the rain off.
The best way to grow stringless green beans is to plant them in the ground. However, they do like to grow in pots too. You can grow them in a wide variety of pots. Some of the best pots are plastic ones because they are lightweight and won’t break if you drop them. They also have a large surface area and will hold a lot of soil. You should choose a pot that is at least 6 inches deep. Green beans grow well in pots with up to 8 inches of soil. If you do choose to grow them in pots, it’s a good idea to buy a green bean starter kit.

Do stringless beans need a trellis?

If you are growing them in the ground, a trellis is the best way. If you are using a large container, you may want to think about some type of support for them. You could use some sort of string to tie around the bottom of the pot and then weave twine through the strings. Or you could use a bamboo cane and put it through the strings and tie them around the base of the plant. Or you could use a piece of rebar and poke it into the ground. The easiest thing to do would be to find an empty plastic milk jug (or similar sized container) and then tie your beans into it. The beans will root along the inside of the container and you won’t have to worry about them falling over. You can also get some wooden sticks and tie them together to make a frame for the container. You can then put a small, shallow tray on top of the frame to catch any water that drains out of the container.

What is the difference between snap beans and string beans?

String beans and snap beans are both members of the legume family, but they are harvested in very different ways. String beans are grown on a trellis or poles and picked when they are tender. Snap beans are grown on a trellis or poles and harvested when the pods are mature. String beans are available in many colors, while snap beans come in only one color. String beans have long thin pods and snap beans have short thick pods.
String beans have more straight, solid, cylindrical shape. Snap beans have more curved, tapered, and wavy shape. String beans are often blanched (cooked but not boiled) and then frozen.

Final Say On Stringless Green Bean Varieties

Stringless green beans have so many amazing and tasteful bean flavors. They have two major varieties which are pole ban and bush bean. These two major varieties also come in different cultivars and we’ve listed some for you.