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Posted by barbara_mel 6b (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 21, 06 at 9:54

I found an old seed catalog. Looking through it I found a bean I would like to grow called jumbo pod. Has anyone ever tried growing this bean? Please let me know how you liked it.
I am a long time gardener but new to this forum. I love it. This is my first posting.

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RE: jumbo Italian bean

You say an "old" seed catalog. Is Jumbo Pod still available? Is it a bush bean or pole bean? What sounds good about it? As a jumbo Italian bean, I'm guessing it's a Roma type. They are pretty tasty.


RE: jumbo Italian bean

Its a Gurneys 1997 catalog. I search the web for them found them johnny's seeds that's the only place I could find them. Its a bush bean that has short runner. The gurney catalog reads: JUMBO POD. Italian Flaver in a Big Way. here's a harvest to Make the neighbors sit up and take notice-flat Podded beans up to a foot long! Pick young for regular-bean size but baby bean flavor and quality. an exellent freezer bean too. Approx 45 seeds per pkt. 60 days.

I love Roma beans and the size of this one impresses me. Johny's says its a cross between Roma and Kentucky wonder. Just wanted to know if anyone has grown them or heard about them so I could get some first hand info about them.

Here is a link that might be useful: Johnny's - Product

RE: jumbo Italian bean

Here is another source (see link). This would be a good variety to save seeds for... 18 companies carried it in 1998; only 3 or 4 now. I may have to try this one myself!

Here is a link that might be useful: Jumbo Bean

RE: jumbo Italian bean

That sounds like a delicious bean. It's always fun to make the neighbors sit up and take notice too. :-)


RE: jumbo Italian bean

Is the Jumbo from PSRseeds different from the Jumbo offered by Johnny's, I wonder? I've been trying to decide on an Italian bean for the upcoming spring garden and this one is tempting.

re: asked

Jumbo has disappeared from PSR's website. I emailed them and they said it's been removed from their 2007 offerings but that "In the future we plan to have it back in the catalog."

RE: jumbo Italian bean

Fliptx, according to the description in "Garden Seed Inventory, Sixth Edition", and the decription of the variety on Johnny's website, both varieties are the same. They both share the "Romano X Kentucky Wonder" decription, which I believe is conclusive evidence.

I followed up on the other sources listed (PSR was one of them); I checked all but one, and each had also dropped it.

The only remaining U.S. source I could locate has no website:
Fisher's Garden Store 406-388-6052
I did not call them, so I not sure if they still offer seed.

It seems that my recommendation of this variety for seed saving was right on the mark... it is vanishing rapidly. In addition to its size, it is also BCMV resistant, so it is well worth growing.

RE: jumbo Italian bean

Zeedman, thanks for that info.

I just placed an order with Johnny's for Jumbo among other things. If anyone would like to do small trades in order to help save seeds of this variety, let me know. I'll post in the exchanges section of the bean forum.

PSR Seeds

Update after my January 3 post:

Jumbo seems to be back in the PSR catalogue.

RE: jumbo Italian bean update

I've been harvesting Jumbo for the past week or two and I'm very pleased. They're productive, the beans are tasty and tender at 8", and the plants are vigorous. Very vigorous. They grew runners and if I'd given them a trellis, they'd probably be about 3 feet tall. Since I'd planned on them being bushes, I didn't give them a trellis and let them sort of flop/tangle all over each other.

I think this would be a good bean for people who like pole types but for whatever reason would rather grow something bushier. Plus, each bean with its generous size is the equivalent of four or five regular snap beans.

RE: jumbo Italian bean

"They grew runners and if I'd given them a trellis, they'd probably be about 3 feet tall."

I had planned to grow them this year as a bush also... thanks for the warning.

Man, Fliptx, am I jealous... I can't even _plant_ my beans until next month! Eat some for me, will ya? ;-)

RE: jumbo Italian bean

"Eat some for me, will ya? ;-)"


I think the Johnny's catalogue says something like... Jumbo may grow short runners in very fertile soil. I've got most of the plants growing in a raised bed on concrete, where I've continuously grown vegetables for over a year, and lightly amended between crops. I guess it was more fertile than I thought!

But yes, knowing what I know now, I would give them more space.

RE: jumbo Italian bean

I thought I'd revive this thread to see if we could get feedback on "Jumbo."
Is it really jumbo in size, and if "yes," are the pods tasty when huge?
How many seeds per pod? And what size are the seeds and the pods?

All your interesting and humorous comments are greatly appreciated....

Some questions that I could think of:
Source of seeds:
Germination rate:
Early, mid, late season?
Taste as snap:
Taste as shellies:
Taste as dried:
Tender or tough pods?
Growing habit: Bush/pole/other? How tall?
Plagued by bugs or whatnot?
Did it turn out to be "BCMV-resistant," cf. Zeedman's post above?

The bean sounded so interesting that I thought it would be helpful to follow up with some facts.

Would you grow it again?

Thanks for the feedback.

RE: jumbo Italian bean

I grew the Jumbo a few years back. An excellent bean, but it not a Romano type. Flavor is much more akin to Kentucky Wonder. Big pods on bush bean with true pole bean flavor. As mentioned it is tall and the pods are heavy. I did not stake but use mulch so the beans were not overly bothered by laying on the ground. They can use use type of support tho. For some reason they dissappeared from the market for 5 or so years. Good to see them back, but think a true bush Kentucky Wonder. I have only used them as snap beans.

RE: jumbo Italian bean

Just found this post and as for a reply to the original seems that Jumbo Pod green bean no longer exists. I raised them back in the 90's, but there is no longer any evidence of its existance. Johnny's Select Seeds does now offer Jumbo, which is an altogether different variety than the original Jumbo Pod...Jumbo leans more towards being a romano type as from crossing kentucky wonder with roma, I think...Jumbo Pod resembled more of the Kentucky Wonder type only a lot bigger pods.

RE: jumbo Italian bean

  • Posted by drloyd 7B Western WA (My Page) on
    Sat, Apr 5, 14 at 9:45

I did a search of the SSE online Yearbook and there is no listing. The historical database is currently not available. Dick

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