Lavender pink is not your typical color for a bean and Red Swans vibrant pods will be a highlight of your garden season. Snap this crunchy bean in half to expose the contrasting green interior and taste the succulent romano like flavor. Interestingly, creating this brilliant bean color began with stabilizing a cross of a purple snap and pinto bean. Bush habit, with 4-5 “ long, stringless pods.
1 ounce = approx. 70-90 seeds
Germination: 4-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF
Seed Sowing Depth: 1” deep
Outside Sowing: 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: 25 foot single row
Harvest: Before the seeds bulge and beans snap easily. Pick continually every 2-3 days to prolong production.
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. Sow a few times a season, 3-4 weeks apart for a continuous harevest.