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Jacobs Cattle Bush Dried Bean (Organic Heirloom 83 days)

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Ancient Heirloom 

This is the most popular traditional soup and baking bean here in Maine. What Saturday night Bean Supper would be complete without Jacob’s Cattle and its remarkable effects on the digestive tract? Also known as Trout or Dalmatian bean, it is one of the earliest beans to dry even in our too-short summers. An attractive combination of white and deep maroon, it can also be used earlier as a shell bean. Similar in appearance to a Native American bean called Anasazi. Bush type.

1 ounce= approx 80-90 seeds

Jacobs Cattle Bush Dried Bean (Organic Heirloom 83 days)


Phaseolus vulgaris

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: 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. 


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Darrell C.
United States United States
I recommend this product
full pods

Nice quick growth, pods full and 4-5 beans per pod. One packet will make a nice soup this fall.

Sarah R.
United States United States
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Good so far!

Planted these after frost and I think just about all of them came up. They have a good number of beans on them but they're not ready to harvest at this point. It was nice to see so many different varieties to choose from in the catalog!