Vermont Cranberry Bush Dried Bean (Heirloom 85 Days)
We suggest Taylor Horticultural Bean as a replacement
The Vermont Cranberry Bush Dried Bean is perhaps the most attractive of all dried beans. This variety is also an excellent shell bean. A beloved heirloom in New England since the 18th century, the cranberry-red beans are used in soups, for baking, and in a variety of other delicious ways. Semi-bush type. Grown in Maine.
1 ounce = approx. 55-65 seeds
Germination: 4-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF
Seed Sowing Depth: 1” deep
Sowing Outdoors: After the last frost with soil temperatures above 60ºF. Sow 2-3” apart. Planting in soil under 60ºF results in poor germination.
How much does a packet plant: 12-15 foot single row
Harvest: Leave beans on the plant until most of the leaves have turned brown and pods are dried and withered. If fall weather is wet or frost threatens the harvest, pull up the plants and finish drying indoors.
Tips: The Vermont Cranberry Bush Dried Bean should be grown in light, well-drained soil, provide adequate, even moisture, especially at flowering time. Dry soil can result in low yields and fibrous pods. Do not over-fertilize with nitrogen which results in a surplus of foliage and low, delayed pod growth. Adding inoculant at planting time aids in a larger harvest and more robust plants.