HIlda Romano Pole Bean Seeds BN172-1

Hilda Romano

5 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)


  • Flat, stringless pods
  • Great flavour
  • BCMV-resistant
  • Earliest producer
  • Matures in 60 days

Product Description

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Loved by Italian gardeners for generations, Hilda Romano pole bean seeds produce flat pods, with no strings, but great flavour. This bean is one of the first to produce in the summer and keeps going until frost if you keep it picked. It needs a strong support, but rewards you with an incredible harvest. Eat the beans fresh as green beans, or let them mature and save the seeds. Pods to 23cm (9″) long. Hilda Romano pole beans are Bean Common Mosaic Virus (BCMV) resistant.

This is a similar bean to Helda, bred in southern Europe, but Hilda produces a slightly longer bean that stays tender for longer as the pods mature.

Matures in 60 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

How to Grow Pole Beans

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Many people feel that pole beans have a richer bean flavour than bush beans. The effort of trellising them is more than repaid by the ease of picking and their extended, abundant harvest. Pole beans are a good choice for small gardens because they use vertical space. Follow along with this handy How to Grow Pole Beans Guide  and grow food.

Phaseolus vulgaris
Family: Fabaceae


We Recommend: Fortex (BN132). If you haven’t tried Fortex, we think you should. The elegant beans are long and narrow, and very tender with fabulous flavour.
For Urban Growers: Matilda (BN134). If your space is limited, grow up! Trellis these tall plants and enjoy lots of straight beans from productive plants.

Season & Zone
Season: Warm Season
Exposure: Full-sun
Zone: All zones

Direct sow from mid-May to the beginning of July. Try to plant during a warm, dry spell. Soil must be warm – if it is not warm enough, seeds will rot, especially our untreated seeds. Optimal soil temperature: 21-32°C (70-90°F).

Seeds can be started indoors, or sowed directly. Set seeds 7-10cm (3-4″) apart and 3.5cm (1½”) deep at the base of a support. Plants will climb by twining around almost anything. Try rough poles, lumber, re-bar, or build a strong trellis 2-2.5m (6-8′) tall. Seeds will sprout in 8-16 days, depending on soil conditions.

Ideal pH: 6.0-6.5. Well drained, warm soil in full sun is best. Use 1 cup of complete organic fertilizer for every wm (10′) of row. Too much nitrogen fertilizer is often the cause of poor pod set and delayed maturity. If beans flower but do not set pods, the cause can be zinc deficiency. Try spraying the plants with kelp based fertilizer. Wet leaves on crowded plants are subject to diseases. Thin plants to increase air circulation and avoid touching the leaves while they are wet.

Because pole beans are always climbing, there are always beans at different stages of maturity. It is important to keep picking regularly so the plant does not fully mature seeds and stop producing new pods. If pods get fat with seed, the plant will stop flowering. The smaller the bean, the more tender they are.

Seed Info
In optimal conditions a tleast 75% of seeds should germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years. Per 100′ row: 400 seeds. Per acre: 43.5M seeds.

Diseases & Pests
If beans flower but do not set pods, the cause can be a zinc deficiency. Try spraying the plants with Kelpman. Wet leaves on crowded plants are subject to diseases. Thin plants to increase air circulation and try not to touch the plants while they are wet.

Companion Planting
Beans fix nitrogen in the soil. Plant with Brassicas, carrots, celery, chard, corn, cucumber, eggplant, peas, potatoes, radish, and strawberries. Avoid planting near chives, garlic, leeks, and onions. Pole beans and beets stunt each other’s growth.

More on Companion Planting.

4 reviews for Hilda Romano

  1. 5 out of 5


    I grew this bean based on its reputation of being a heavy producer and was not disappointed. These plants do produce a large amount of large pods per plant. They will take as much trellis height as you give them. I had some last year easily reach the 15′ extension that I provided for them. However, they should be OK on a 6-foot trellis that, be warned, will get top-heavy with vines. So make sure your trellis is sturdy along the top or it will bend or break. I just completed a 27′ long 8.5′ high very sturdy trellis for these plants for next year. I’ll be canning many quarts of beans for sure. The taste is good although I don’t really notice any big difference between one bean and another, so I’m not a good judge. My neighbor thinks they’re quite tasty though. She has switched over to Helda after seeing my vines and sampling the pods.
    I don’t know how Helda will perform in a warm climate, but it seems to love the Pacific Northwest climate where I’m at. I’m sure Canadian and English gardeners would do well with Helda.
    Production starts for me in late June, which is about two months after germination. Production continues until frosty weather approaches. I’ve noticed that later in the year the pods get tough sooner, so you’ll have to pick them smaller in August and later, but don’t worry, they’re still plenty big.

  2. 5 out of 5


    Grown in east central sask., for first time,under less than optimum conditions,I.e.cold,wet, what a lovely bean!, both in taste and yield. Family and friends loved it and asked for seeds. Only green bean I’m growing and sharing seed this year.

  3. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Grew this in Vancouver and it produced from early July to mid September. A fantastic heavy producer of delicious huge flat bean pods up to 15 inches long. They taste great both raw and cooked, with a slight sweetness somewhat reminiscent of peas in flavour.

  4. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    My favourite beans! I wait with such anticipation for the first ones to form on the vines each summer! They have a rich, meaty, succulent flavour, better than any other bean I can think of. They’re wonderfully satisfying served just as they are, fresh off the vine, steamed to perfection, drizzled with butter and sprinkled with a bit of salt! I’ve also frozen these beans for winter use with good success although they do lose a little of their wonderful texture. Still, it’s such a treat to enjoy them with winter meals. Easy to grow, too, and a fantastic producer. I haven’t missed a year growing Hilda Romano in over 15 years!

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