Cultivated for its nutty flavor and creamy textured shelled and dried beans, this colorful variety has been growing in gardens for centuries. As the plant matures, appealing cranberry-colored splashes develop on the pods and the drying seeds inside. Pods are 4-5” thick and flat pods. Semi-runner, bush type.
1 ounce = approx. 60-80 seeds
Germination: 4-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures are 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 the pods are dried and withered. If fall weather is wet or frost threatens the harvest, pull up the plants and finish drying them indoors.
Tips: Grow in light, well-drained soil, and 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.