Other than Burpee's, anyone know where I can order Tenderpod beans?
Would a similar variety work for you? Is there a particular reason you want only Tenderpod?
If I wanted small quantities of Tenderpod bush beans, I would get them off the rack at Walmart, if Burpee's high catalog price was the issue. If I wanted larger quantities of green bean seeds and I lived in East Texas, I might order seed from Willhite. Contender is a good early bean for the South (with some nematode tolerance), and Festina is heat-resistant. Willhite sometimes treats their seeds with fungicide, but I have gotten Contender bean seeds, and they were not treated.
Here is a link that might be useful: Willhite beans
Tendergreen also has some nematode resistance (like Tenderpod). Tendergreen is moderately heat tolerant (not as good in heat as Festina, Brio, etc.) I think it is quite similar to Tenderpod.
I've never,ever seen tenderpod beans on a seed rack at Walmart.
We just really enjoy the flavor and texture of these beans.
They can be very difficult to germinate.
Thanks for the replies!
I've bought Tenderpod from the Burpee display at Walmart. I gave some to a friend with nematodes in her yard (before I had nematodes in parts of my yard). You might want to give one of the new heat-setting varieties like Brio or Festina a try for a later planting. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Just bought a 28 gram pack from Wal-Mart for $1.50.
Tenderpod beans have a genetic trait that causes the crisp tender texture. One of the side effects of this trait is that 1/4 of the seed do not germinate. You should plant these beans up to twice as thick as normal to get a good stand.
Only one of the two big garden stores in my town has Tenderpod in their Burpee's seed display. I paid $2.49 for an ounce (28 grams).