Germ 4-10 days
Grows very well under cool conditions with strong, tall, purple-stemmed plants producing an abundance of pretty lavender flowers and clusters of round, straight 6” beans. Eaten raw, they are dark purple, very juicy and crunchy with great flavor. They acquire a deep green color when cooked, much more dramatic than most green varieties. 150 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.