What are the pros? reliably produces large crop
What are the cons? susceptible to rot
Zone 5B. This was our third year planting this variety, and they reliably produce a heavy crop whether it's wet or dry, and even when weeding around them is neglected. My mother forgot she planted some in the backyard, ignored them until summer, and found them happily bearing beans underneath the grass and thistles. This year we planted two 10-ft rows, and easily harvested a 5 gallon bucket from each. When my family got tired of eating the beans green, we dehydrated them and saved the large white beans for winter soups. My only complaint is that if they are left on the vine past maturity, they won't begin to dry as my other beans do -- they are so moist they are more prone to rot. Do consider that we live in a lowland floodplain, and if you pick them right away, you will never see this problem.
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