Germ 4-10 days
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. 75 seeds.
Outside- Bush type: 1” deep and 4-6” apart with soil temperatures above 60 degrees and after the last frost. Planting under 60 degrees results in poor germination. Pole type: Plant 1” deep and 3- 4” apart for trellis/pole growth. Drying type: 1” deep and 5-6” apart. Leave beans on the plant until the leaves are falling and pods are dry and withered
Harvest- Before the seeds bulge and beans snap easily. Pick continually to prolong production.
Tips- Water well during hot dry period and do not over fertilize 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. Plant seeds every 2-3 weeks for continual harvest throughout the summer.