Phaseolus vul garis
A staple baking and soup bean with a dense texture and nutty taste. Well adapted to short-season climates, offering heavy yields on bush to semi-bush plants. Said to be obtained in the late 1800’s from the area that is now known to be North and South Dakota.
Germination: 4-10 Days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85 degrees F.
Sowing :1” deep, 4-6” apart
Outside: After last frost with soil temperatures above 60 degrees F. Planting in soil under 60 degrees F results in poor germination.
How much does a packet plant? 25 foot single row
Harvest: Leave the beans on the plants until leaves turn brown and pods are dried and withered. To test for dryness bite down on a bean and when the coat barely gives to indentation the bean is dry.
If the fall weather is wet or frost threatens the harvest, you can pull the plants and finish drying inside. They will continue to dry after they are picked.
Tips - Grow 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.